Why do rpm, yum, or rhn_register commands hang?

Solution Unverified - Updated -

Issue

  • Why does the yum or rhn_register command hang?
  • "yum update" hangs at message "Setting up Update Process" .
  • rpm hangs, and running an strace against this will list a wait on futex syscall

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
  • Red Hat Network

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