Debug my RPM base

Hi all,

I have a server that crashed. I took the hdd out in order to

I would like know to whole list of packages (from the RPM base) on the
server that crashed.

How can i querry this offline RPM database from another system ?



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Couldn't you chroot in and do it that way or am I missing something?

something like this

mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/home
mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
mount --bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts
mount --bind /dev/shm /mnt/dev/shm
mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc/
mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
mount --bind /tmp /mnt/tmp
chroot /mnt

Before my hdd died I was doing this frequently to run Suse apps from
another distro, including yast and rpm queries.

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RedLightDistrict;1817499 Wrote: 
> I have a server that crashed. I took the hdd out in order to
> investigate.  I would like know to whole list of packages (from the RPM
> base) on the server that crashed.  How can i querry this offline RPM
> database from another system ?

I've never tried this before ... Is the HDD still good?  Any chance you
could boot with to this hdd (as the boot drive) in a separate (approx
similar) diagnostic PC ?  ie physically connect this HDD to make this
HDD the boot drive.

Then Boot to run level 3 (text prompt) so you don't have to mess around
with different graphics adapters.

Then when in run level 3 you can type:
::*rpm -qa --last > somefile.txt*::

Then plug in a USB stick, mount it manually, and copy somefile.txt to
that USB stick.  Umount and remove the USB stick.  Shutdown the PC.
Then restore the original HDD in that diagnostic PC, and examine the
text file offline.

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~From the man page, assuming you can access the path to the database on
that hard drive:

- --dbpath DIRECTORY
~ Use the database in DIRECTORY rather than the default path /var/lib/rpm

`rpm -qa --dbpath /mnt/mountedDrive/var/lib/rpm > /tmp/oldDriveRPMs.txt`

Good luck.

RedLightDistrict wrote:
| Hi all,
| I have a server that crashed. I took the hdd out in order to
| investigate.
| I would like know to whole list of packages (from the RPM base) on the
| server that crashed.
| How can i querry this offline RPM database from another system ?
| Thanks
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6/13/2008 1:26:41 PM
Yes my HDD are still good.

Ok, i will mount them and i will use the 
`rpm -qa --dbpath /mnt/mountedDrive/var/lib/rpm >

I will let you know


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6/14/2008 10:46:03 AM
I made a test with the command you said, and, unfortunately, I have no

I first mounted the external hard drive, and then copied all
/var/lib/rpm folder content in the /tmp folder on my system.

    mars:/# ls -alh /tmp/rpmdb
  total 9.7M
  drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4.0K 2008-06-02 18:23 .
  drwxrwxrwt 3 root root 4.0K 2008-06-02 18:22 ..
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root  16K 2008-06-02 18:21 conflictsindex.rpm
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root  24K 2008-06-02 18:23 __db.001
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.3M 2008-06-02 18:23 __db.002
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 440K 2008-06-02 18:23 __db.003
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 2.9M 2008-06-02 18:21 fileindex.rpm
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root  16K 2008-06-02 18:21 groupindex.rpm
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root  16K 2008-06-02 18:21 nameindex.rpm
  -rw-r--r-- 1 root root  12K 2008-06-02 18:23 Packages
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6.2M 2008-06-02 18:21 packages.rpm
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root  84K 2008-06-02 18:21 providesindex.rpm
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root  44K 2008-06-02 18:21 requiredby.rpm
  -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root  16K 2008-06-02 18:21 triggerindex.rpm

And now, when I query this RPM base, I have no results:

    mars:/# rpm --dbpath /tmp/rpmdb --query --all
Any ideas ?


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