Problems with redhad package manager (rpm)

Helen McCall helen
Sat Oct 30 11:03:42 BST 1999

Hello David,

You may have a little difficulty in getting a response from the
freebsd-users list, because your computer's clock is set wrongly. You
appear to have actually sent your message on the 23rd of October, judging
by the mailserver entries in your header. But your computer was at the
time set to the 26th of April!

I only found your message because I was searching for something in my
archive and came across an unread e-mail! I think you will find that your
e-mail will be lost in the archives of all the members of this list. Set
your clock correctly.

Also if you want a sensible answer on your problem, you need to explain
how your rpm is set up. Your message has far more school-boy slang in it
than information on your problem. Cut out the school-boy slang.

I have included your original message below.

Best wishes,

Helen McCall

E-Mail: helen at
Tel: 01752 342675
Fax: 08700 525850


On Mon, 26 Apr 1999, David Stocks wrote:

> Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 09:05:06 +0100
> From: David Stocks <dgs at>
> To: freebsd-users at
> Subject: Problems with redhad package manager (rpm)
> Hey all, much angst and confusion that only the good people at
> freebsd-users can help me with (probably).
> I've downloaded a version of MLWorks (and SML interpreter), and, hence this
> message, things do not go well.  It's the RedHat linux version (which is
> free by the way), which is just about 9 megs.  I know that FBSD supports
> rpm to some extent, but, like, I had a little look see at the rpm man page
> and typed in the appropriate command, and it isn't having any of it.
> The file does work, (a mate got it running on SuSE Linux), and rpm
> --checksig <filename.rpm> does seem okay (it claims "ml20rh50.rpm: size md5
> OK"), but when I come to install the actual file (or do almost anything
> else with rpm) it spews up a load of guff like:
> failed to open //var/local/lib/rpm/packages.rpm
> There's a good reason for this, I have a /var but nothing after that.  I
> even looked at the result of rpm --showrc, which again listed a load of
> directories that don't exist.
> Now I can't help but feel there's something wrong with my setup of rpm, but
> this is just as it came when I installed FBSD.  I have touched nothing,
> indeed I've never used rpm before.  I do have the linux module loaded into
> the kernel, but that's not really an issue until I can actually get it
> installed in the first place.
> I mean like, guh.  I'm using 2.2.6-RELEASE currently, since I've not quite
> got round to getting 3.3 yet.  (Besides, I've all the raw beastly power of
> a 486DX to play with).  Oh, yeah, I hear that the linux support has
> improved drastically in the last 4 or so versions of FBSD.  This true?
> Thanks in advance,
> David Stocks
> CS + AI undergraduate, Edinburgh University
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