Bug 5514 - package installer on RHEL/CentOS 6 fails
: package installer on RHEL/CentOS 6 fails
: ThinLinc
Server Installer
: 4.3.0
: PC Unknown
: P2 Normal
: 4.5.0
Assigned To:
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Reported: 2015-04-29 11:50 by
Modified: 2015-09-25 13:59 (History)



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Description From cendio 2015-04-29 11:50:10
Seems to be reliably reproducable using the following steps:

1) Install a virtual machine with CentOS 6.6 "minimal"
2) yum upgrade
3) Unzip ThinLinc 4.3.0 on the machine and run install-server

ThinLinc itself installs fine, as does the first set of dependency packages
(LSB). On reaching the second set however, installation fails with this in the

2015-04-29 13:40:38,265:   failed to install packages with reason: database is

All subsequent attempts by tl-setup to install packages will also fail.
Restarting tl-setup will succeed in installing the first package(s), but then
fail again on the second.
------- Comment #1 From cendio 2015-04-30 10:36:43 -------
Happens with the nightly build as well. Running it in GUI mode has the same
------- Comment #2 From cendio 2015-04-30 11:00:47 -------
It breaks on a proper RHEL 6 as well. And a minimal install is not required. I
had a fully standard desktop RHEL 6 and removed the LSB packages and nfs-utils.
This is sufficient to trigger the problem.

This might be a bug in RHEL rather than in ThinLinc since it is the RPM
database lock that's screwed up, not the yum lock. It will require more
------- Comment #3 From cendio 2015-08-25 09:44:22 -------
Possibly related:


Or, it might be that PackageKit is starting to work after we have installed
some packages?
------- Comment #4 From cendio 2015-09-16 11:21:33 -------
The full traceback:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/opt/thinlinc/modules/thinlinc/packageinstaller/yumbackend.py", line
245, in install
    self . __yum . processTransaction ( callback = self .
__yum_process_callback , rpmDisplay = self . __yum_rpm_callback )
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 5042, in
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 5156, in
    self.runTransaction( cb=cb )
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 1514, in
    lastdbv = self.history.last()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/history.py", line 1266, in last
    ret = self.old([], 1, complete_transactions_only)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/history.py", line 1215, in old
    executeSQL(cur, sql, params)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/sqlutils.py", line 166, in
    return cursor.execute(query)
------- Comment #5 From cendio 2015-09-16 14:00:03 -------
The problem is that we are not closing all the RPM/yum stuff properly after a
completed run. There are lots of stuff open, and it is crashing specifically on

lrwx------. 1 root root 64 Sep 16 13:54 35 ->

If I do the same thing on RHEL 7, then everything RPM and yum related is closed
after clicking next on the last step.

Might still be a bug in RHEL 6 though as our code obviously works fine on RHEL
------- Comment #6 From cendio 2015-09-16 15:18:06 -------
Urgh. yum manages to get itself into some convoluted cyclic dependency that
Python cannot break. You can see this by doing gc.collect() and inspecting
gc.garbage. Most definitely a bug in RHEL somewhere.

Fortunately there is a workaround. Calling close() and closeRpmDB() breaks the
------- Comment #8 From cendio 2015-09-17 14:07:59 -------
Reproduced the main problem installing 4.4.0 on rhel6 without nfs-utils and
python-ldap. Were installation of python-ldap fails.

Upgraded to 4.4.0 build 4889, uninstalled nfs-utils and python-ldap, rerun
tl-setup and verified that the package installation went trough as expected.

All good, closing.