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Re: rpm did not remove previous version

From: Tim Mooney <Tim.Mooney@ndsu.edu>
Date: Fri 11 Sep 2015 - 21:33:08 CEST
Message-ID: <alpine.SOC.2.11.1509111422100.11670@dogbert.cc.ndsu.NoDak.edu>
In regard to: Re: rpm did not remove previous version, Matt Hall said (at...:

>> It's probably the - in the upstream version.  I think that's a reserved
>> character and it changes the n-v-r matching such that the names are no
>> longer the same.
>
> I think you are correct. I found the yum-util Œpackage-cleanupı which
> correctly found the dupe, but also failed to remove it.
>
> So now that I have an entry in my rpmdb with a malformed V that breaks the
> NVR matching, is there a way to selectively remove that one in particular?
>
> My only workaround seems to be
>
> ³rpm -ev rpmone-version-release² # remove good package
> ³rpm -ev ‹noscripts rpmone² # remove bad package
> ³rpm -Uvh rpmone-version-release.rpm² # put good package back
>
> Interestingly enough, I /canıt/ remove the package via erase unless I
> specify the noscripts option. ?

If both the bad package and the good package have exactly the same file
contents, meaning there weren't changes to what %files were included
between bad and good, then wouldn't

 	rpm --erase --justdb --allmatches rpmone
 	rpm -Uvh --justdb rpmone-version-release

do what you need?  It's kind of ugly, but any time you are resorting to
'--justdb', you've implicitly acknowledged that you have a problem.

Alternately, if you have a newer version of rpmone, or even an updated
release, *and* you're confident that any %pre/%post/%preun/%postun etc.
scripts are upgrade safe, then the safest thing might be

 	rpm --erase --justdb --allmatches rpmone
 	rpm -Uvh rpmone-version-release

If you have any config files, especially ones that get customized, you
will want to carefully test what happens to them no match which route
you choose.

Tim
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