GDB locks RPM database

Muhammad Umer
Wed May 20 05:04:36 GMT 2020

Thank you Simon! This helps a lot.

Hopefully RedHat/Fedora folks can offer more insight.
From: Simon Marchi <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:48:44 AM
To: Sterling Augustine <>; Muhammad Umer <>
Cc: <>
Subject: Re: GDB locks RPM database

On 2020-05-19 9:13 p.m., Sterling Augustine via Gdb wrote:
> On Tue, May 19, 2020 at 6:11 PM Muhammad Umer via Gdb <>
> wrote:
>> But why take a lock? If the purpose is to get info about debug packages,
>> why not just query the package database using rpm command and get the
>> required information? Why is taking a lock necessary?
>  Simon didn't implement the functionality, so you would have to ask redhat,
> or whomever it was that wrote the code. This is not a part of a normal gdb
> installation.

Indeed.  I peeked at the Fedora local patches, and this one seems to implement
that feature, using librpm

So it's plausible that librpm takes a lock, and that lock wasn't cleaned up
(perhaps because of crash), but I can't know for sure.  Hopefully someone from
Red Hat / Fedora can help more.


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