Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 967885
yum load-transaction gives rpmdb ver mismatch loading saved transaction
Last modified: 2014-02-05 16:34:45 EST
Description of problem:
A recent "yum update" threw the same dep conflict on two separate machines with very different life histories. The conflict itself was easy enough to fix, but what this is about is the apparently new "load-transaction" feature:
# yum update
Running Transaction Check
ERROR with transaction check vs depsolve:
Your transaction was saved, rerun it with:
yum load-transaction /tmp/yum_save_tx.2013-05-28.13-19.vw37ZA.yumtx
# fix dependency problem
# yum load-transaction /tmp/yum_save_tx.2013-05-28.13-19.vw37ZA.yumtx
Loaded plugins: auto-update-debuginfo, fastestmirror, presto, priorities, refresh-packagekit
Error: rpmdb ver mismatched saved transaction version, aborting.
Doing an "rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db* ; rpm --rebuilddb", either before the "yum load-transaction", or before the "yum update" that writes the transaction file itself, doesn't appear to fix this problem. Just re-running the "yum update" did work, but this saved transaction feature doesn't.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Thu 02 May 2013 13:40:14 BST yum-plugin-fastestmirror-1.1.31-10.fc18.noarch
Wed 01 May 2013 21:57:29 BST rpm-188.8.131.52-1.fc18.x86_64
Wed 01 May 2013 22:00:24 BST python-deltarpm-3.6-0.11.20110223git.fc18.x86_64
Wed 01 May 2013 21:57:40 BST deltarpm-3.6-0.11.20110223git.fc18.x86_64
Thu 02 May 2013 13:41:12 BST yum-plugin-auto-update-debug-info-1.1.31-10.fc18.noarch
Wed 01 May 2013 22:07:39 BST yum-utils-1.1.31-10.fc18.noarch
Thu 02 May 2013 13:46:03 BST yum-plugin-priorities-1.1.31-10.fc18.noarch
Thu 02 May 2013 15:44:52 BST PackageKit-yum-plugin-0.8.7-1.fc18.x86_64
Thu 02 May 2013 15:31:13 BST yum-updatesd-0.9-13.fc18.noarch
Thu 02 May 2013 15:30:49 BST yum-presto-0.9.0-1.fc18.noarch
Wed 01 May 2013 21:57:28 BST rpm-libs-184.108.40.206-1.fc18.x86_64
Wed 01 May 2013 22:07:36 BST yum-3.4.3-54.fc18.noarch
Wed 01 May 2013 22:07:38 BST anaconda-yum-plugins-1.0-8.fc18.noarch
Wed 01 May 2013 22:07:35 BST rpm-build-220.127.116.11-1.fc18.x86_64
Wed 01 May 2013 22:07:33 BST rpm-python-18.104.22.168-1.fc18.x86_64
Wed 01 May 2013 22:07:32 BST rpm-build-libs-22.214.171.124-1.fc18.x86_64
Wed 01 May 2013 21:57:06 BST yum-metadata-parser-1.1.4-7.fc18.x86_64
Thu 02 May 2013 15:38:58 BST PackageKit-yum-0.8.7-1.fc18.x86_64
(Note: none of these packages were part of the failing update transaction. The installed versions were stable throughout.)
Apparently always, assuming you can trigger a transaction failure by some other means.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run a failing "yum update"
2. Fix the underlying problem.
3. Obey yum's direction to restart with "yum load-transaction"
A transaction that has only just been saved fails to load with an rpmdb version mismatch error.
Yum should create save files that can actually be loaded. If there is some reason why that can't be done, then it should not create them in the first place, and should not tell you to do something which won't work.
# head -1 /tmp/yum_save_tx.2013-05-28.13-19.vw37ZA.yumtx
That string comes from ...site_packages/yum/__init__.py, via save_ts/load_ts:
Python 2.7.3 (default, Aug 9 2012, 17:23:57)
[GCC 4.7.1 20120720 (Red Hat 4.7.1-5)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import yum
>>> i = yum.YumBase()
>>> j = i.rpmdb.simpleVersion(main_only=True)
Loaded plugins: auto-update-debuginfo, fastestmirror, presto, priorities,
>>> print j
load_ts requires that the current value of simpleVersion matches the value retrieved when save_ts was called.
What is that hash value and when does it change? On any rpm operation? If so, it seems that fixing a dep problem (usually by removing conflicting packages, as in this case) must *guarantee* that the load check will fail, which doesn't sound too useful.
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