Yum hanging during an installation

If for some reason, you kill yum, and it gives you issues running it, you’d try killing it. Normally, you’d try killing the PID by ‘pgrep yum | xargs kill -9’ but that didn’t do it for me. So, I had to find the root of the defunct process.

3048 pts/1 00:00:00 sudo

3049 pts/1 00:00:00 yum
3061 pts/1 00:00:00 ps

As you can see, its defunct, but the pgrep command wouldn’t kill it. So, I had to issue:

ps -ef –forest | grep yum

in order to see the parents of the defunct children. Then I could kill -9 the parents, and get yum freed up. But then I ran into another problem.

$ sudo yum install nc

rpmdb: Thread/process 3012/3077576384 failed: Thread died in Berkeley DB library

error: db3 error(-30974) from dbenv->failchk: DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery

error: cannot open Packages index using db3 – (-30974)

error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm


Error: rpmdb open failed

So, now you need to remove the corrupted databases, and rebuild them.

sudo rm /var/lib/rpm/__db.*

sudo yum update

Now yum works again.


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