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    Default Subprocess RPM Failed!!!!

    OK I have had these in the past but not to the extent that I am at now.....

    I have tried to update one thing, I have tried to update several things and everytime in YaST I get >>downloading...wait..wait>>Subprocess failed RPM failed on every time.

    I am running 10.3 on the laptop where the problem resides with KDE 3.5.10

    I have done Zypper refresh several times as well as rpm --rebuilddb several times hoping that it would fix...it has not...The errors don't point to missing repos or CPIO cuz you don't get "bad magic" errors...

    Anyone think of another command I can run or something to get the system back on track?????

    Thanks
    Rich

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    Default Re: Subprocess RPM Failed!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sosaudio1
    OK I have had these in the past but not to the extent that I am at
    now.....

    I have tried to update one thing, I have tried to update several things
    and everytime in YaST I get >>downloading...wait..wait>>Subprocess
    failed RPM failed on every time.

    I am running 10.3 on the laptop where the problem resides with KDE
    3.5.10

    I have done Zypper refresh several times as well as rpm --rebuilddb
    several times hoping that it would fix...it has not...The errors don't
    point to missing repos or CPIO cuz you don't get "bad magic" errors...

    Anyone think of another command I can run or something to get the
    system back on track?????

    Thanks
    Rich

    Hi
    Not sure if a cleanup may help?

    Package
    Manager Cleanup


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    Default Re: Subprocess RPM Failed!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    Not sure if a cleanup may help?

    Package
    Manager Cleanup


    --
    Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel 2.6.25.16-0.1-default
    up 3:06, 1 user, load average: 0.33, 0.28, 0.30
    GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 173.14.12
    Ran this a number of times, no joy

    also tried this rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db* to see if I had any problems in the rpm database with locked files....this did not solve the problem.

    After doing the latter, I went to YaST to install an update on a piece of software and of course it errored out...but....I hit retry several times (I am guessing oh 5 times out of frustration) and it looked to have installed...I will need to go back and double check...

    Anyone else with a command that I can use to help the RPM situation that I have???? I am totally dead as far as security updates and getting the latest fixes for KDE with the system in the state that it is.

    Thanks for the help!
    Rich

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    karacomp NNTP User

    Default Re: Subprocess RPM Failed!!!!

    You are luckier than me, man.

    I am using OpenSUSE10.2 and try to update last week with additional repositories. The disaster was I faced the problem of subprocess failed with some of mono packages.

    The result was I had to clean up (format) my machine and re-install by dvd package .

    That is my first experiment of updating system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karacomp View Post
    You are luckier than me, man.

    I am using OpenSUSE10.2 and try to update last week with additional repositories. The disaster was I faced the problem of subprocess failed with some of mono packages.

    The result was I had to clean up (format) my machine and re-install by dvd package .

    That is my first experiment of updating system.
    Well I dunno if I am lucky here or not...because everything that I need to update...won't because of Subprocess RPM Failed...

    Found and removed another lock file in the rpm folder after cd'ing to it...from there I did the rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db* command again and it removed it...from there did a rebuilddb and it reintroduced it but removed it when the rebuild finished....went to YaST to upate another file...no joy failed again....

    Is there some sort of force that I can do to it to fix whatever has got it hung??? I want to try to steer clear of a reinstall but it is looking more and more like I am going to have to....RPM guys say the db can be fixed before a reinstall so I want to try and figure that out...

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    Default Re: Subprocess RPM Failed!!!!

    Anyone else have this problem? Share how you fixed it???

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    Default Re: Subprocess RPM Failed!!!!

    Hi,

    The error message isn't specific enough. Maybe you can look into the log files under /var/log/YaST2 to find out what exactly failed.

    Maybe you want also look at this bug report: https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=236812

    hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monex View Post
    Hi,

    The error message isn't specific enough. Maybe you can look into the log files under /var/log/YaST2 to find out what exactly failed.

    Maybe you want also look at this bug report: https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=236812

    hope this helps
    Saw that...have tried at start after reboot to free up memory issues...how do I increase swap size without damaging any other partitions. This system is set up on the full disc not windoze dual boot...

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