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Bug 88097 - rpm becomes useless when removing glibc
Summary: rpm becomes useless when removing glibc
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm
Version: 9
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeff Johnson
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
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Reported: 2003-04-05 16:19 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:52 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-04-17 14:33:59 UTC

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Description Need Real Name 2003-04-05 16:19:53 UTC
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Description of problem:
when removing glibc (yes this happened to me because i wanted to be sure i had
the i686 version and not the i386), rpm being not statically linked is rendered
useless, which means you get in trouble in reinstalling the wanted package

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. rpm -e glibc --nodeps
2. rpm -Uvh glibc-....-i686.rpm

Actual Results:  can't load library

Expected Results:  installing newer glibc

Additional info:

"easy but nasty" workaround:  from another computer, extract the library files
required and the sash shell,    then (you need to have an already mounted nfs
share), run shash, copy the files to /lib, and reinstall the needed glibc

Comment 1 Warren Togami 2003-04-06 04:47:12 UTC
You should NEVER remove glibc.  If you want to install the same version of glibc
of a specific arch:
rpm -Uvh glibc*.i686.rpm --force

You can query the arch of the installed package like this.
rpm -q --qf %{ARCH} glibc

Lots of people want statically linked rpm, but that should be its own
discussion.  File a separate RFE and/or talk on shrike-list or rpm-list. 

I recommend this CLOSED NOTABUG.

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2003-04-17 14:33:59 UTC
/usr/lib/rpm/rpmi is statically linked like /bin/rpm used to be.
(/bin/rpm can no longer be statically linked for other reasons.)

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