Empty RPM database and rpm --rebuilddb fails with Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature BAD

(Doc ID 2175241.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 24, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software - Version 12.1.2.2.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

 In conjunction with Exadata Software upgrade activities on DB node, the RPM repository is found to be empty. The following command may return no packages, or a very small number of packages:

rpm -qa

Attempting to rebuild the RPM database fails as follows:

Furthermore, the /var/lib/rpm/Packages file has an abnormally small size, instead of the expected dozens of MB.

Cause

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