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asked 2013-05-16 15:47:06 -0600

brotherBonzai gravatar image

I just installed Fedora 18 and did the update after being asked.

Although there was 118 MB of updates to do, I felt there was a hang as it had been going for over an hour and a half and the status bar had not moved at all. I decided to click "Quit" and yum update from command line however, terminal showed that PackageKit process was running with ID 2497, and it was locking me.

I checked system monitor and did not show the ID 2497 nor did it show PackageKit. I did check /var/run/ and saw it was there so I suppose the update was still occurring even after I clicked Quit on the GUI.

My questions are:

1) (A) Did the update fail to "Quit" even after I clicked quit, and (B) is PackageKit the same thing?

2) Is it normal for updates to take nearly 2 hours? I have downloaded gigabytes of other materials in the mean time at 1 to 3 MB a second.

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answered 2013-05-16 16:21:05 -0600

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If yum doesn't exit properly, it won't remove the lock file. All you need to do is delete that file (you'll need root access). Then run this:


and it will finish whatever's needed. If that's not installed, use this to install it and some other useful tools:

yum install yum-utils

Good luck, and let us know how things work out.

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Hi sideburns, the Questions page never notified that an answered was made even after page refreshing so unfortunately I didn't see this answer until now.

I did find an alternative method that did work and now doing updates.


yum clean all

rpm --rebuilddb

This worked for me. Although I'm not sure if it will leave any repercussions. I did receive this message at update process: "delta does not match installed data". A search showed that this is nothing to worry about.

brotherBonzai gravatar imagebrotherBonzai ( 2013-05-16 16:57:05 -0600 )edit

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