yum not working due to "ImportError: No module named cElementTree" error.

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Issue

After upgrading python to 2.6, yum is failing to run properly:

yum -y update
Plugin "refresh-packagekit" can't be imported
Loaded plugins: rhnplugin
/usr/lib64/python2.6/xmlrpclib.py:612: DeprecationWarning: The xmllib module is obsolete.  Use xml.sax instead.
  import xmllib # lazy subclassing (!)
rhel-x86_64-server-6                                                                                                                                                                                                  | 1.8 kB     00:00     
^CTraceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/yum", line 29, in <module>
    yummain.user_main(sys.argv[1:], exit_code=True)
  File "/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py", line 285, in user_main
    errcode = main(args)
  File "/usr/share/yum-cli/yummain.py", line 136, in main
    result, resultmsgs = base.doCommands()
  File "/usr/share/yum-cli/cli.py", line 434, in doCommands
    self._getTs(needTsRemove)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py", line 99, in _getTs
    self._getTsInfo(remove_only)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/depsolve.py", line 110, in _getTsInfo
    pkgSack = self.pkgSack
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 897, in <lambda>
    pkgSack = property(fget=lambda self: self._getSacks(),
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 682, in _getSacks
    self.repos.populateSack(which=repos)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/repos.py", line 294, in populateSack
    sack.populate(repo, mdtype, callback, cacheonly)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 165, in populate
    if self._check_db_version(repo, mydbtype):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 223, in _check_db_version
    return repo._check_db_version(mdtype)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1256, in _check_db_version
    repoXML = self.repoXML
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1455, in <lambda>
    repoXML = property(fget=lambda self: self._getRepoXML(),
  File "/usr/share/yum-plugins/rhnplugin.py", line 525, in _getRepoXML
    return YumRepository._getRepoXML(self)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1447, in _getRepoXML
    self._loadRepoXML(text=self)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1437, in _loadRepoXML
    return self._groupLoadRepoXML(text, self._mdpolicy2mdtypes())
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1412, in _groupLoadRepoXML
    if self._commonLoadRepoXML(text):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1230, in _commonLoadRepoXML
    result = self._getFileRepoXML(local, text)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1008, in _getFileRepoXML
    size=102400) # setting max size as 100K
  File "/usr/share/yum-plugins/rhnplugin.py", line 347, in _getFile
    start, end, copy_local, checkfunc, text, reget, cache, size)
  File "/usr/share/yum-plugins/rhnplugin.py", line 449, in _noExceptionWrappingGet
    size = size
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/urlgrabber/grabber.py", line 985, in urlgrab
    return self._retry(opts, retryfunc, url, filename)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/urlgrabber/grabber.py", line 886, in _retry
    r = apply(func, (opts,) + args, {})
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/urlgrabber/grabber.py", line 980, in retryfunc
    apply(cb_func, (obj, )+cb_args, cb_kwargs)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/yumRepo.py", line 1494, in _checkRepoXML
    repoXML = repoMDObject.RepoMD(self.id, filepath)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/repoMDObject.py", line 124, in __init__
    self.parse(srcfile)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/repoMDObject.py", line 140, in parse
    parser = iterparse(infile)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/misc.py", line 1169, in cElementTree_iterparse
    _cElementTree_import()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/yum/misc.py", line 1164, in _cElementTree_import
    import cElementTree
ImportError: No module named cElementTree

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3

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