Why does my rpm command hangs?

by on May 1, 2007 · 6 comments· LAST UPDATED May 1, 2007

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Q. Why does my Fedora Core Linux server hangs whey I type or use rpm command? How do I fix the problem as I need to install packages?

. Under Linux many command creates termporary lock files. If this lock file is not removed by rpm in databases you will see this problem. It is also possible that other apps may try to access same file. Please note that following solution works under:

=> CentOS

=> Fedora Core

=> Redhat Linux/RHEL

There is no clear cut solution exists. You can simply delete those files from /var/lib/rpm/ directory
# /bin/rm /var/lib/rpm/__db.*

The above command removes any locks left on the rpm database and now you should able to use rpm command.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Calle August 15, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Thanks, that worked a treat!


2 keso February 23, 2009 at 8:17 am



3 Peter Murray October 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

This solved a server problem I had been working several days on. Thank you.


4 Amit August 3, 2012 at 4:56 am

Thanks! It worked like a charm.


5 sin January 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm



6 Jeevan March 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

Worked like a panther…Thanks.


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