Updating fails with numerous duplicate packages left installed

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Issue

  • When updating. yum fails and leaves a large number of duplicate packages on the system, and the trasaction cannot be undone or completed
  • yum returns "** Found $somenumber pre-existing rpmdb problem(s), 'yum check' output follows:" message followed by numerous lines of references to duplicate packages.

Environment

  • Updating Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and newer

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