YUM _sqlite.OperationalError: database is locked

April 15th, 2008 | by sour |

Firstly I state, I dislike yum, and i dislike Fedora, unfortunately sometimes we must deal with such crappy file package managers..

back to the point, yum is coming up with a random error stating that it cannot install your package because sqlite is blocked.

You’re thrown with a heap of uncaught python exceptions and the final error message is:

_sqlite.OperationalError: database is locked

I’ve had a quick look on google but couldn’t find anything helpful, one stated to start NFSLock, and the other was some other random blurb, my solution was this,

rm -rf /var/cache/yum

there that should do it..

I suspect that the cause of this was because i kill -9′ed the yum process, and it had not closed the sqlite database correctly.

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