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Question regarding Lab 10.2 (best way to revert back to rpm_BACKUP)

cloud4amar Posts: 19
edited December 2022 in LFS207 Class Forum

Hello Instructors/Mentors,

(I am running openSUSE Tumbleweed on a VM)

As a note I would like to mention that 'rpm' on openSUSE system is located on (symbolic linked) '/usr/lib/sysimage/'

The questions I have is:

  • What is the best way to revert back to 'rpm_BACKUP' in case (new) rpm doesn't function properly after '--rebuilddb'? I have tried 'sudo cp' and 'sudo mv' command to replace new 'rpm' with 'rpm_BACKUP' however when I lookup the number of files (using 'ls -l rpm rpm_BACKUP') afterwards they still differ as if replacing (using cp and mv) command didn't work.
  • (Not sure if it's the right question to ask however here it goes) Is 'rpm --rebuilddb' performs comparable action as 'apt update && apt upgrade' performs in ubuntu even though one is low-level and the other is high-level utility respectively?

(Screenshot attached for reference)

Please provide clarification.

Thank you,


  • coop
    coop Posts: 915

    I don't have access to a Tumbleweed, but on OpenSUSE Leap 15.4, please note that

    student@localhost:/var/lib/rpm> ls -li /var/lib/rpm /usr/lib/sysimage/rpm
    131077 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   26 Nov  3 04:50 /var/lib/rpm -> ../../usr/lib/sysimage/rpm

    so it is /var/lb/rpm. The link is irrelevant. The layout of these files is quite different between redhat-based systems
    and SUSE, but the functionality of rpm --rebuilddb should not be different. I'm not sure what problem you are pointing to. Did you do a diff sinstead of a ls -l? Meta data can change without any meaning to it

    Note that so few students use SuSe-based platforms that it has been a while since we have checked this lab on openSuse but it worked as of last attempt.

  • coop
    coop Posts: 915

    and on opensuse this directory looks nothing like Tumbleweed so I cannot help you :smile:

    student@localhost:/> ls -l /usr/lib/sysimage/rpm
    total 347684
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root  14778368 Dec 14 08:49 Basenames
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     20480 Dec 14 08:48 Conflictname
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root   5304320 Dec 14 08:49 Dirnames
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root      8192 Nov 23 11:47 Enhancename
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root      8192 Oct  4 15:11 Filetriggername
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     61440 Dec 14 08:49 Group
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root    106496 Dec 14 08:49 Installtid
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root    151552 Dec 14 08:49 Name
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     73728 Dec 14 08:49 Obsoletename
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 326926336 Dec 14 08:49 Packages
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root   6557696 Dec 14 08:49 Providename
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     49152 Dec 14 08:49 Recommendname
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root    811008 Dec 14 08:49 Requirename
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root    270336 Dec 14 08:49 Sha1header
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root    151552 Dec 14 08:49 Sigmd5
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     16384 Dec 14 08:48 Suggestname
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root    675840 Dec 14 08:48 Supplementname
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root      8192 Jun  8  2022 Transfiletriggername
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root      8192 Jun  8  2022 Triggername


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