[CentOS] Yum update corrupted something badly - can only get access through SSH terminal or Webmin

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 21:05:44 UTC 2009

Filipe Brandenburger wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 15:40, Dan Roberts <dan at jlazyh.com> wrote:
>> # rpm -Uvh --force yum-3.2.19-18.el5.centos.noarch.rpm
>> error: Failed dependencies:
>>        rpm >= 0:4.4.2 is needed by yum-3.2.19-18.el5.centos.noarch
>>        rpm-python is needed by yum-3.2.19-18.el5.centos.noarch
>>        yum-fastestmirror is needed by yum-3.2.19-18.el5.centos.noarch
>> Either I am running this in the wrong location, or there is a lot of
>> other stuff out of whack.
> It looks like your system is closer to 5.2 than 5.3.
> In that case, I suggest you try to install this RPM of yum instead:
> http://mirror.centos.org/centos/5.2/updates/i386/RPMS/yum-3.2.8-9.el5.centos.2.1.noarch.rpm
> If it still asks about dependencies, you will have to download them
> and install/upgrade them manually using RPM.
> Look for them here:
> http://mirror.centos.org/centos/5.2/os/i386/CentOS/
> And here:
> http://mirror.centos.org/centos/5.2/updates/i386/RPMS/
> Once you get to install yum-3.2.8-9.el5.centos.2.1, yum should start
> working again.
> When you got that done, you can try to use it to upgrade again, but
> this time I advise you to do it on a screen session from an SSH
> connection, and not through Webmin. And do not reboot the server in
> the middle of the upgrade, since that is probably what started your
> problems in this case.

Once yum is basically working you might be able to
yum install yum-utils
to pick up where you left off.  I had to do this on one box where the 
update process kicked me off and died with a bunch of duplicate packages 
still in the rpm database.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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