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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2002 11:50 pm    Post subject: Portage: error running `emerge [insert any command here]` Reply with quote

I get errors when running emerge. The error I get is this:

!! invalid db entry: /var/db/virtual/glibc
!! invalid db entry: /var/db/virtual/kernel


This happens running just about any emerge command. Here are 3 examples it does it with:

# emerge rsync
# emerge --pretend gaim
# emerge search everybuddy


The strange thing is that it doesn't keep it from performing the operation. It will still merge my package and run fine. Could it have to do with me installing off of a stage1 CD of a version prior to 1.0??

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2002 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Run emerge -s portage. Among the output you see, should be something similar to this:
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*  sys-apps/portage
      Latest version Available: 2.0.9
      Latest version Installed: 2.0.3
      Homepage: http://www.gentoo.org
      Description:
      Portage ports system

What is your 'Latest version Installed'?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2002 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try emerge --clean rsync then emerge --update world --pretend and see what it tells you to update...also what version of portage are you running..its up to 2.0.9 now
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"emerge --version" will also tell you what version you have installed, without relying on an up-to-date, accurate, or legal Portage tree to be installed.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought there was a version option. Interestingly enough, neither 'man emerge' or 'emerge -h' mention it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll check and reply as soon as I get home.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, yeah, but a lot of apps have --version options, so documentation or not... ;)

Nevertheless, this is a doc bug, and was filed as #4633.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 4:57 am    Post subject: Portage version Reply with quote

desk1 root # emerge --version
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/glibc
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/glibc
Portage 2.0.8
desk1 root #

Again, all help is greatly appreciated...
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we may need a few more symptoms to get a hold of whats happening.

1. What were the last few changes you made before this started?
2. Did anything drastic happen before this started? ie. powerfailure, ctrl-c durring emerge, etc..
3. Anything else you can think of :)

The more information, the better.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aruspex wrote:
1. What were the last few changes you made before this started?

It's been happening just about the whole time during the install. There may have been one or two toward the very beginning of install that it didn't happen on, but I'm not sure.
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2. Did anything drastic happen before this started? ie. powerfailure, ctrl-c durring emerge, etc..

Nope, not really. I've had no powerfailures, nor any stoppage of any merges.
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3. Anything else you can think of :)

I really can't think of anything else. It's just really weird because the other machine that I installed gentoo on (from the same CD) didn't do this. BUT.....when I did the install on the other machine, that was pre-moving-of-rsync-servers. And when I did the install on that machine, what was on the CD is also what was most recent on the servers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What image is on the CD? What CPU does the other machine have?
What CPU does the machine with the problems have?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may be a psychotic sugestion... maybe try rmdir'ing those two directories? I would really like some other comments on that :)

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!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/glibc


I say get rid of em (or move em) and see what happens :twisted:

I don't have them. Maybe it will work... hmmm.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess what.... I just created a /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel directory and this is what i got when I ran 'emerge --version'

Code:
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: mkdir virtual
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: cd virtual
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg/virtual>: mkdir kernel
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg/virtual>: emerge --version
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel
Portage 2.0.9
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg/virtual>:



and when I rmdir'ed:
Code:
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: rm -rf virtual
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: emerge --version
Portage 2.0.9


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kanuslupus wrote:
What image is on the CD? What CPU does the other machine have?
What CPU does the machine with the problems have?

I'm guessing it's 1.0 since the files on the CD are
isolinux
stage1-ix86-1.0.tbz2
stage2-i686-1.0.tbz2
stage3-i686-1.0.tbz2

I built the system from stage1 and didn't use 2 or 3. The bad behavior is on a P3-500, the system that behaved when I installed a month or whatever ago is a P2-300. Both have 128MB RAM.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aruspex wrote:
Guess what.... I just created a /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel directory and this is what i got when I ran 'emerge --version'
Code:
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: mkdir virtual
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: cd virtual
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg/virtual>: mkdir kernel
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg/virtual>: emerge --version
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel
!!! Invalid db entry: /var/db/pkg/virtual/kernel
Portage 2.0.9
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg/virtual>:

and when I rmdir'ed:
Code:
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: rm -rf virtual
root@Zorak:</var/db/pkg>: emerge --version
Portage 2.0.9

8)

The kernel entry is:

desk1 root # cat /var/db/pkg/vitural/kernel/VIRTUAL
sys-kernel/linux-headers-2.14.17-r5

and glibc is similar. I'm a little leary of deleting it since I don't know why it's there. I don't know it's safe to delete. (Though you'd think so if it's causing errors ;-p)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2002 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured you'd say that :)

Well "the first step in avoiding a trap is knowing of it's existence." Or rather, the first step in solving an error is being able to reproduce it.

1st I'd check if your really have them installed
Then I would see if 'linux-headers-2.14.17-r5' exists elsewhere in /var/db/pkg. 'find /var/db/pkg -name linux...'

Personally, I would move the directories somewhere safe and see what happens. But I would prefer if a portage developer or guru would throw in his/her 2 cents :)
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