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Re: [school-discuss] Help on packaging / configuration guides

On Monday 15 March 2004 18:37, Jeff Waddell wrote:
> Just a quick warning on yum and rpm in general.  Having just helped
> someone with a nasty little problem that takes a bit of research to
> figure out.  If you control-c (or kill -9) the yum (it's a perl script)
> or apparently rpm for that matter during an install (something I routine
> did with apt-get with debian), rpm will leave a semaphore file out there in
> it's /var/lib/rpm/something or other (I don't have a fedora or redhat box
> handy) and you will have to go delete it before you can get rpm or fedora
> to work again.  This may be old hat to many of you, however, it was news to
> the person I was helping (a very savvy sys admin with alot on his mind
> besides tracking down silly semaphore files).  The main kicker to this
> story is that NEITHER yum nor rpm gave any indication as to the problem...
> they just hung.
> I'd really like some fedora/redhat people to try this out on their systems
> as it's certainly possible it was ONLY his fedora that is affected by
> this, although somehow I doubt this....

News to me, and I wish I had known a few days ago.  I can't check this anymore 
since the training course I was on has finished, but the person in the course 
sitting next to me had what sounds just like this problem.  And this was on 
RedHat 8.0.  Of course, it may have been some completely unrelated rpm 



Rasjid Wilcox
Canberra, Australia (UTC +11 hrs)