RHEL 5.3 and Depsolve problems in Yum

During some recent server patches on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3, I kept getting ‘depsolve’ errors on several packages. This was odd, as I had not made any changes to anything, installed anything new, or removed anything.

Turns out this is a known bug in 5.3, and luckily, the solution is simple:

$> yum clean all

Run that, and it refreshes your local repository. The next time you go to update packages your server will refresh everything with the Red Hat respository, and all will be good!

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is an Information Security Analyst, OSCP, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.

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