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SLES9: heartbeat package cannot be uninstalled

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Service Packs


Heartbeat package won't uninstall. YaST and rpm refuse to do so:

# rpm -e heartbeat
error: %preun(heartbeat-1.2.5-0.3) scriptlet failed, exit status 6

Reason is a missing check in the heartbeat initscript.


Suppress the execution of the package's pre-uninstall script. The package can be  uninstalled with:

rpm -e --noscripts heartbeat

Additional Information

This applies to all heartbeat packages including the ones provided by SLES9 SP4.
It only happens if /etc/ha.d/ does not exist.

Change Log

2010/04/12 mkrapp Removed "Reported to Engineering", Document reworked


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  • Document ID:3149702
  • Creation Date:27-NOV-07
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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