[CentOS] fatal rpm/cpio error

Akop Pogosian akopps at LS.Berkeley.EDU
Fri Nov 4 01:35:07 UTC 2005


How am I supposed to deal with this error?

# rpm -Uvh filesystem-2.2.1-3.centos.1.i386.rpm
Preparing...                ########################################### [100%]
    1:filesystem             ########################################### [100%]
error: unpacking of archive failed on file /home: cpio: chown failed - Operation not permitted
# rpm -q filesystem
package filesystem is not installed
# ls -dlL /home
drwxr-xr-x  301 root     root         8192 Nov  2 18:25 /home

/home mounted from NFS server.

Of course, I could unmount /home to install this. But I have many
machines like this one and /home can't always be unmounted when we do
updates. I personally feel it's a bug in filesystem package. rpm
shouldn't blow up like that because of this issue.


-akop



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