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rpmdb: PANIC: fatal region error detected; run recovery

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Updated on10 February 2022

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You receive the error below the time you try to install, remove, check the rpm on your VPS OR dedicated server.

rpmdb: PANIC: fatal region error detected; run recovery
error: db4 error(-30978) from dbenv->open: DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 –  (-30978)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm

This is because of the corrupt rpm database on your server. There is a need to clean OR rebuild the repo on you server.

yum clean all

rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*

The above commands will remove rpm database packages and clean yum cache. Removing it won’t affect the current rpm’s installed.

rpm –rebuilddb

Now, rebuild the rpm database with command below. It might take a while to rebuild it.

yum update –y

Now, update yum with command above and you are good to use rpm now. If you still face any issues, feel free to contact our support team & they will get rid of issues you face.

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