How to fix Yum or rhn_check when it hangs at “Setting up Package Sacks”

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  • Executing yum or rhn_check hangs at Setting up Package Sacks
# rhn_check -vvvv
[.. SNIP..]
Setting up Package Sacks
# yum repolist -v
[.. SNIP..]
# yum update -v -v
Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
Loading "fastestmirror" plugin
Config time: 0.098
Setting up Package Sacks
  • Issue can also occur when yum repolist hangs on the message:
Updating Subscription Management repositories.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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