Repair corrupt RPM database in linux


Sometimes RPM databases become corrupt. You will no longer be able to install/upgrade/remove programs using YUM or RPM command. Even RPM quey simply gets hung. 
This is the case when you need to repair RPM databases. To repair do the following:

cp -rp /var/lib/rpm{,`data +%F`.bk}

This command is to take a backup of  ‘ /var/lib/rpm‘ directory

rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*

This command clears the RPM database. Then enter the following command,

rpm -vv –rebuilddb

This command rebuild database in in verbose mode so that you see the process. Now your RPM database is perfect.

You can just check following command to confirm this.

rpm -qa

About Alex Hunt

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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