Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Yum and "Thread died in Berkeley DB library" errors
I started getting intermittent sets of error messages like this:
error: rpmdb: BDB0113 Thread/process 26154/140393252489024 failed: BDB1507 Thread died in Berkeley DB library error: db5 error(-30973) from dbenv->failchk: BDB0087 DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery error: cannot open Packages index using db5 - (-30973) error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm
when deploying changes to a bunch of AWS EC2 instances.
The error messages are misleading as (in this case at least) the RPM database is not corrupted; the underlying issue was this:
[67897.740241] Out of memory: Kill process 28759 (yum) score 330 or sacrifice child [67905.749492] yum invoked oom-killer: gfp_mask=0x201da, order=0, oom_score_adj=0
i.e. simply a lack of memory (the instances were just too small).
Posted at 11:12 PM |Comments (0)