Re: RPM chicken or egg problem

On Tue, 19 Sep 2000, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH wrote:

> On 09/18/00 11:04:58 +1200, Rob Brown-Bayliss <on_the_net clear net nz> 
> wrote:
> +-----
> | >  Important note: run rpm --rebuilddb just after upgrading to rpm4,
> | >the database format changed and this is aboslutely needed if you
> | >don't want to screw your rpm database (who does ?) !
> |
> | Now why doesn't the rpm post install script do this?
> +--->8
> RPM is running when the postinstall script executes, so the database is 
> locked and therefore can't be rebuilt.  (Speaking of chicken-or-egg 
> problems....)

May be a postpostinstall script?

Just kidding, scripts in RPM are a Bad Thing, IMHO.

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