Re: 4.8.1 -> upgrade woes

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Panu Matilainen wrote:
Note that rpm 4.9.x works just fine with BDB 4.x versions too, there's no requirement to use 5.x.

As an aside, rpm 4.9.x is getting a bit long in the tooth already, why not go with a newer stable version if upgrading?
Yep, I ended up going for 4.10 (I know it is not the latest version, but it was the first one to have the X-Unit* capabilities which is what I needed it for).

Trying "rpm --rebuilddb -v" wasn't of any use either as I ended up with
the following errors:

error: db5 error(-30969) from dbenv->open: DB_VERSION_MISMATCH: Database
environment version mismatch
error: cannot open Packages index using db5 -  (-30969)

When upgrading from a BDB version to another, you'll need to remove the BDB environment, which is always incompatible between BDB versions:
'rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db.*'
That is indeed the case - I figured it out later on. There is a "posttrans" scriptlet in the .spec file (I use FC), which *should* take care of this automatically, but doesn't. Why? Because there is a bug in the libdb-utils package (I used version 5.00).

libdb-utils 5+ *should* obsolete the db4-utils package (as it is a straight-forward replacement), but doesn't, hence the "postrtrans" scriptlet, which is dependent on an error message being displayed, doesn't work and it is why I was getting this error when trying to upgrade - the "old" db4-utils package is not deleted and because it shows no error message the __db.00? files are not deleted, so I had to delete them all manually in the end.

On a slightly separate note, during the new build, I failed about 32 rpm
checks - all caused by non-existing "/proc" directory (I am using mock,
so /proc isn't there, obviously), so that is something for the
developers to note for future releases.

This should be taken care of in newer rpm versions already.
I can confirm that this is the case - I passed all tests when building version 4.10.x. I also ended up recompiling and installing about 10+ other packages - thank god I used mock and the whole thing didn't took long.
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