Yum Transaction Check Errors & Dependencies/Package Conflicts

Transaction Check Error:
  file /etc/pki/tls/certs/ca-bundle.crt from install of openssl-0.9.8e-32.el5_11.x86_64 conflicts with file from package openssl-0.9.8e-26.el5_9.1.i686
  file /usr/share/man/man1/ca.1ssl.gz from install of openssl-0.9.8e-32.el5_11.x86_64 conflicts with file from package openssl-0.9.8e-26.el5_9.1.i686
  file /usr/share/man/man1/req.1ssl.gz from install of openssl-0.9.8e-32.el5_11.x86_64 conflicts with file from package openssl-0.9.8e-26.el5_9.1.i686
  file /usr/share/man/man1/x509.1ssl.gz from install of openssl-0.9.8e-32.el5_11.x86_64 conflicts with file from package openssl-0.9.8e-26.el5_9.1.i686

This can happen if:

  • package architecture is different (32-bit vs 64-bit)
  • package source/repo is different
  • you have a newer package installed while the repo you are trying to ‘update’ from has an older version
  • package already installed is 32-bit but 32-bit packages are excluded in /etc/yum.conf so it won’t update

This issue was resolved by adding multilib_policy=best to /etc/yum.conf.


1. Check if it’s a conflict btween 32bit and 64bit architecture

Packages ending in .i686 are 32-bit and packages ending in .x86_64 are 64-bit.

You can configure the yum client to update only a package of the exact architecture installed on the system.

(Tip: If you are unsure of what system architecture your server has, run: uname -m. If it shows i?86, you have a 32-bit system. i386/i486/i586/i686 are all 32-bit. If it shows x86_64, you have a 64-bit system).

Perform the following steps to remove duplicate packages (i.e. 32-bit and 64-bit packages installed on server which is causing the dependency issues).

Install the yum-utils package:

yum install yum-utils

The package-cleanup --dupes lists all duplicate packages:

package-cleanup --dupes

The package-cleanup --cleandupes removes the duplicates (it asks for a confirmation to remove all duplicates unless the -y switch is given):

package-cleanup --cleandupes

Edit /etc/yum.conf, set the following line:


Run yum command:

yum clean all
yum update

If the conflict is only due to the fact that yum isn’t trying to update the 32 bit packages along with the 64 bit ones, this will solve the conflict.

Note: If all above procedure fail, you can also check your exclude content in /etc/yum.conf file. Sometimes 32Bits Packages are in the yum blacklist and system will prevent it to install and you will see the Transaction Check Error.

# grep -i exclude /etc/yum.conf

Note 2: In case the systems cannot be connected to the internet for security reasons, one could replace the files with the rpm command as follow:

rpm -Uvh --replacefiles openssl-*.rpm

On CentOS 5 yum defaults to


which means ‘install all available architectures of packages’. This was changed in CentOS 6 to default to


which means ‘install the best packages for my architecture’ which on x86_64 means it will install x86_64 packages unless the packages is only available in a 32 bit format.

To fix this problem on CentOS 5, you need to add multilib_policy=best to your /etc/yum.conf.

You can optionally remove all the i386, i686, and other 32 bit friends with

yum remove *.i386 *.i486 *.i586 *.i686

but be careful since you might actually need one of those 32 bit pacakges.

CentOS has an entry in their FAQ about how to deal with this although I don’t like their solution since it will exclude all 32 bit RPMs, including ones that you might end up needing some day. It will also cause problems with your updates if you add it on a server that already has a bunch of 32 bit RPMs installed since yum will no longer be able to update them.

2. Sync/Update Repo Lists

The issue can happen if you have a newer package installed than the one you are trying to install from the repo.

In this case openssl-0.9.8e-32.el5_11.x86_64 is the newer version, released seven days ago, that you have already installed. The repo you are using to update has the older version openssl-0.9.8e-26.el5_9.1.i686, and so it creates a conflict.

To fix this in future, make sure not to install packages from other repositories (or outside of YUM) that replace other core OS packages with their own versions (if that is what actually happened).

This could happen because of a repo sync issue. Should just be a matter of waiting for the mirrors to get in sync; however, don’t forget to try yum clean all, or at least yum clean metadata if bandwidth limited and you want to avoid cleaning the package cache, and then yum update.

3. Resolve Package Conflicts

Figure out where the package came from

To fix this, first figure out where your package came from. Do an rpm -qi package-name to get some more information on its source.

If no dependencies, delete and re-install

What I would to, assuming you don’t have another package that depends on that specific version, is to temporary delete it: rpm -e package-name, then re-install it with yum.

You can try this yum list | grep package-name. It will list package-name in different packages, then you can make a decision to remove one of them and install package again.

(Tip: Do rpm -q --whatrequires openssl to see the packages that use openssl).

Force downgrade

Or, grab the version of package-name from your YUM repo that matches the package you are trying to install, and use rpm --force to force a downgrade of it.

Replace Files

Replacing files from another RPM package is bad idea in most cases and I strongly advice against what you’re trying to do. That said, apply following at your own risk.

Yum does not provide an option to install conflicting files, I think. However, that does not prevent you from installing a RPM package with rpm(1) which does provide an option to override existing files from another package, namely --replacefiles.

So, first get the RPM of the package you want to install on a local filesystem (/usr/local/xenco... makes me suspect that is the case already). Next install the RPM with rpm -i --replacefiles <your_rpm_file>.

4. Misc. Fixes

Enable Repos

If getting No package package-name available., Check repo lists by running yum repolist all.

To enable a repo, edit the file /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo and change enabled=0 to 1 and try again.


If you are desperate, skip broken packages/updates by running yum update with --skip-broken.