Re: yum issues with RedHat 5 servers



Thanks for the info. Given the fact that this affects a large number of users, it might be helpful for many folks to put an official announcement of the problem pointing to a specific bugzilla ticket (I raised recently 480183, but as there are many other issues with the fault, just mark duplicates as needed and give one ticket number). I am OK, but I know many unhappy people with the situation.

Cheers.
GM

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Gabi C wrote:
Hi,

After digging into this a bit more it looks like the ""Error: failed to
retrieve repodata/primary.xml.gz from rhel-x86_64-server-5" error is
part of an issue on RHN. This will also be addressed by the fix going
out next week.

To recap:

* Several of the problems discussed on this thread are related to an RHN
problem that should be fixed next week
* Other issues are part of a yum bug that will be fixed with 5.3, which
is also going to be released soon

If anyone needs more detail or has any questions just let me know.

Thanks again.

Sam

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:32 PM, Aaron Bliss <abliss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

As a long time RedHat user and customer, honestly this is one of the lamest
issues I've seen with a RedHat ES/AS distribution, in so much is that it
seems to be related directly with rhn and that this prevents us essentially
from routinely being able to schedule patches to our servers and to install
software to the servers on the fly (I wonder how much flack Mirosoft would
take if they had this sort of issue with Windows Update). I don't mean to
bash the distribution here (I'm actually moving our organization to RedHat
from a predominately Solaris environment), however having done some
googling
around, this is an issue that has existed since RedHat 5 was in beta....

I was able to update one of the servers I'm having trouble with, only to
turn around literally 2 minutes later to run yum check-update on the exact
same box, and to run into the exact error again...

Aaron

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Subject: Re: yum issues with RedHat 5 servers

I confirm that we face the same problem with various servers and we
attribute this to RHN capacity issues. We had some luck if we delete the
/var/spool/up2date/loginAuth.pkl in some of our boxes. For others we
have not managed.

Does anyone know if there is a redhat bugzilla report for this? This
might raise the status of the issue. If I do not find one, I shall raise
one.

GM

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University of Oslo
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Aaron Bliss wrote:
Hi all,
On a consistent basis, several RedHat 5 servers produce the following
error
when attempting to update the boxes:
error was [Errno -1] Metadata file does not match checksum

Googling this error, I've tried:
yum clean all
yum clean metadata
rm -rf /var/cache/yum/*

None of those seem to have any lasting effect. We have several Centos
servers, none of which have this issue. This problem is only effecting
RedHat servers. Is there any real solution to this problem? Is there
anyone actually affiliated with RedHat that can say this issue is being
addressed? I've found a post dated back to 2006 speaking of this issue:

https://www.redhat.com/archives/rhelv5-beta-list/2006-September/msg00170.htm
l

Obviously not being able to consistently patch servers is a serious
issue.
Aaron






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