Why does the command 'yum' fail with error '[Errno 14] PYCURL ERROR 52 - "Empty reply from server"'

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Issue

  • After updating a Red Hat Eenterprise Linux server using yum update, the yum process is failing with a 'PYCURL ERROR 52 - "Empty reply from server"' error.
[root@ ~]# yum update -y
Loaded plugins: product-id, refresh-packagekit, rhnplugin, security
Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package autofs.x86_64 1:5.0.5-54.el6 will be updated
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Transaction Summary
========================================================================================================================================================================
Install       1 Package(s)
Upgrade      35 Package(s)
Remove        1 Package(s)

Total size: 83 M
Total download size: 627 k
Downloading Packages:
(1/4): device-mapper-event-1.02.74-10.el6_3.2.x86_64.rpm                                                                                         |  88 kB     00:00
(2/4): device-mapper-event-libs-1.02.74-10.el6_3.2.x86_64.rpm                                                                                    |  83 kB     00:00

Error Downloading Packages:
  1:gdm-plugin-fingerprint-2.30.4-33.el6_3.2.x86_64: failed to retrieve getPackage/gdm-plugin-fingerprint-2.30.4-33.el6_3.2.x86_64.rpm from rhel-x86_64-server-6
error was [Errno 14] PYCURL ERROR 52 - "Empty reply from server"
  openssh-clients-5.3p1-81.el6_3.x86_64: failed to retrieve getPackage/openssh-clients-5.3p1-81.el6_3.x86_64.rpm from rhel-x86_64-server-6
error was [Errno 14] PYCURL ERROR 52 - "Empty reply from server"

Environment

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3

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