What Causes Phantom Update Nags?

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My Update Applet keeps giving me messages to install an update to a package I do not have installed. To make matters more confusing, when I
actually try to install the package it wants to update, there is a problem with the installation.

Any tips on how to resolve this? Is this somehow caused by the repositories I have enabled?

7 thoughts on - What Causes Phantom Update Nags?

  • What package?

    To make matters more confusing, when I

    What problem?

    Perhaps but it’s impossible to say without having more detailed information provided by you.

    What repositories do you have enabled?

  • can you run in a shell window,

    sudo yum check-update

    and paste the output here ?

    otherwise we’d just be guessing whats going on.

  • rpmforge née RepoForge is not being updated much anymore and is no longer a ‘good’ repository. for an example perl-IO-Compress hasn’t been updated since 2012. anyways, perl-IO-Compress-Bzip2 is part of base
    in el6.

    I would uninstall any packages you need that are from rpmforge, remove that repo from your repos.d and find equivalent packages in a better supported repository.

    this should list any RepoForge packages that are already installed on your system…

    rpm -qa |egrep \\.rf

    john r pierce, recycling bits in santa cruz

  • Yes, I did see this warning on CentOS wiki re RPMForge but decided to use it anyway. But how does this relate to the problem? I DO NOT even have perl-IO-Compress installed. Mostly I figured this was a repository entanglement problem, but I didn’t know why. I mean why do I keep getting messages about updating something I don’t have installed.


    “We can all sleep easy at night knowing that somewhere at any given time, the Foo Fighters are out there fighting Foo.”
    — David Letterman

  • its a broken repository and shouldn’t be used. “I know its broken but decided to use it anyways?” maybe that warning should be made stronger.