[Rpm-maint] rpm version on fc8 removed my /usr/include and /usr/bin

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Fri Apr 25 16:06:27 UTC 2008

On Fri, 25 Apr 2008, Jim Galarowicz wrote:

> Hi Panu, all,
> Thanks much for this information!!
> I can only get access to my system via booting in fc8 rescue
> install.

That bad... ouch again :-/

> The rescue mounts my system as /mnt/sysimage.
> Then I do a chroot /mnt/sysimage.  After that I can
> use your very helpful command to get the damaged packages.
> But yum was one of the packages that was damaged and is gone
> from the system.
> Is there a way to update my system while using the recovery
> system yum/rpm?

Oh, the rescue image has yum these days? (Been a while since I've last 
used one :) In that case, don't chroot to /mnt/sysimage but use 
--installroot=/mnt/sysimage option for yum, something like this should 

# yum --installroot=/mnt/sysimage reinstall $(cat /mnt/sysimage/tmp/damaged-pkgs.txt)

Except... there's probably an extra roadblock: if memory serves, reinstall 
wasn't implemented in the initial F8 yum version, so there are some extra 
hoops to jump through. Try the following from the rescue image, without 

# rpm -e --justdb --root /mnt/sysimage yum
# yum --installroot=/mnt/sysimage install yum

With a little bit of luck, you should be able to chroot to /mnt/sysimage 
and have a working, new yum there that can do reinstall as described 
earlier. Or at least a working yum in the chroot so you can update to a 
newer one that can finally do the reinstall.

 	- Panu -

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