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I'm encountering a problem removing an installed rpm.

> rpm -q  my_rpm
> rpm -e my_rpm
error: can't create transaction lock on /var/lib/rpm/__db.000

I have also tried to run it as super user. It doesn't work either.

Does anyone have an idea what could be the problem?

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Did you run ps -ef | grep rpm to see if another rpm instance is running? – Eran Ben-Natan Mar 17 '13 at 14:17

This usually means that something else is using the rpm database. If you have a graphical package manager (such as an update manager or a yum gui) open, close it and try again. If you can't find anything, just log out and log back in again.

In any case, rpm commands should always be run as root, they won't work otherwise.

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