Tech Journal Back to Tech Journal

Errors in executing /etc/cron.daily/rpm & hanging rpq processes

If you execute an rpm command and it hangs forever-ish, or you see you have a lot of dead/zombie/sleeping processed started nightly by cron and waiting on an rpm command - it's possible you have some temporary db files in /var/lib/rpm left over from a messy abort of a previous use of rpm.

Try deleting all the temp db's by doing:

$ rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*

I also saw a note at saying you might need to do rpm --rebuilddb to rebuild the database from the installed package headers, but I don't know what that really does.

Last updated on 2005-05-30 14:00:00 -0700, by Shalom Craimer

Back to Tech Journal