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Bug 155614 - yum should update itself first
Summary: yum should update itself first
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: yum
Version: 3
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2005-04-21 20:01 UTC by Eric Warnke
Modified: 2014-01-21 22:51 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2005-07-29 20:05:48 UTC

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Description Eric Warnke 2005-04-21 20:01:50 UTC
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Description of problem:
Manual intervention needed to make yum function properly.  yum install gcc crashes, but yum update yum;yum install gcc works.  Therefore yum needs to check for updates to itself before it does any other processing.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install minimal x86_64 system
2. yum install gcc


Actual Results:  Yum crashes

---> Package glibc-kernheaders.x86_64 0:2.4-9.1.87 set to be installed
--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Conflict: glibc-common conflicts glibc< 2.3.5
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/yum", line 8, in ?
  File "/usr/share/yum-cli/", line 104, in main
    (result, resultmsgs) = base.buildTransaction()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/yum/", line 174, in buildTransaction
    (rescode, restring) = self.resolveDeps()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/yum/", line 190, in resolveDeps
    (checkdep, missing, conflict, errormsgs) = self._processConflict(dep)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.3/site-packages/yum/", line 492, in _processConflict
    uplist = self.up.getUpdatesList(name=confname)
UnboundLocalError: local variable 'confname' referenced before assignment

Expected Results:  It should install gcc

Additional info:

Workaround is to yum update yum first.

Comment 1 Seth Vidal 2005-04-23 06:13:42 UTC
I think your workaround IS the fix.

yum should not update itself first if only b/c in certain situations it would
pull in an array of other, unexpected, things for the user.


running yum update gcc
and getting an update of:
yum, python, rpm, rpm-python, python-elementtree and sqlite

wouldn't exactly be very nice for a user just looking for a gcc update.

the nightly yum update that a user can enable updates yum first and then does a
global update. I think that's fair enough.

Comment 2 Eric Warnke 2005-04-25 13:40:47 UTC
So, how about what emerge does, warns the user that yum is out of date and
recommends an update?  Simple, non-confusing and would complete the job.

Is it better for the user to guess why yum fails?

Comment 3 Rahul Sundaram 2005-07-03 20:21:25 UTC


Comment 4 Seth Vidal 2005-07-29 17:59:31 UTC
my problem with issuing the warning is that it is confusing to the user too. I'm
not sure there is a good answer to this. I'm just not keen on doing it that way.

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