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Yum update error

asked 2015-05-13 07:43:16 -0500

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updated 2015-05-14 00:33:00 -0500

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I type yum update into the terminal as instructed in video lecture 9, and everything seems to be going smoothly for a bit until my computer starts updating a batch of 1200 something files. My computer typically gets stuck on or after the 124th file and returns the following:

error unpacking rpm package python-libs-2.7.8-9.fc21.x86_64"
error: unpacking of archive failed on file /usr/lib64/python2.7/compiler/pycodegen.pyc;5552c297; cpio: write
Bus error

I would just like to add that this completely messes up my entire operating system

Here is my kernel info

[liveuser@localhost ~]$ uname -a
Linux localhost 3.17.4-301.fc21.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Nov 27 19:09:10 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I have only used rpm-fusion for fedora 21 as my repository. I am new to linux (downloaded it two days ago), so I apologize if I don't immediately understand something.

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Could you please show your repositories?

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2015-05-13 11:01:49 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-05-13 11:45:35 -0500

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updated 2015-05-13 11:46:10 -0500

A Bus error sounds pretty serious. You're not running out of disk space are you? yum will download its file to the /var/ directory, and if that's on a small separate partition, or if perhaps you have it configured on a ram disk, you might struggle for space. I've done this before, and the result is not pretty.

You don't have to do the whole yum update thing in one go. You can do it in smaller chunks - try doing things like yum update a* b*, letting it complete then doing yum update c* d*, etc. until they're all done.

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I am using a bootable media drive and the only thing on it right now should be the operating system itself. I don't have any personal files on it right now, and there is no lack of free space. Can you explain to me what a Bus error even is? And thanks for the response.

Big V gravatar imageBig V ( 2015-05-13 11:50:02 -0500 )edit

A 'bus' is pipe between chunks of your system, could be the memory bus or the SATA bus, but really what this error is saying is that it's trying to push some data and the remote end isn't accepting it.

You may not think you have a space problem, but if your system is configured with a separate /var partition or if it's using /var on a ramdisk, you can still experience these problems even if you have acres of disk space free.

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2015-05-13 11:52:52 -0500 )edit

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