Almalinux 9 dnf update bricks new VPS


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Running dnf update on a new Almalinux 9 install results in the following error:

 Problem: cannot install both initscripts-10.11.6-1.el9.x86_64 from baseos and initscripts-10.11.5-1.el9.x86_64 from @System
  - package network-scripts-10.11.5-1.el9.x86_64 from @System requires initscripts(x86-64) = 10.11.5-1.el9, but none of the providers can be installed
  - cannot install the best update candidate for package initscripts-10.11.5-1.el9.x86_64
  - problem with installed package network-scripts-10.11.5-1.el9.x86_64
(try to add '--allowerasing' to command line to replace conflicting packages or '--nobest' to use not only best candidate packages)

Skip broken also fails, so if you run it with --allowerasing, it uninstalls network-scripts 10.11.5 when it installs initscripts 10.11.6. On the next reboot, it nerfs networking and bricks the server. It's an issue with openvz, virtuozzo, etc, depending on old network scripts files. The workaround is to install initscripts 10.11.6 manually along with network-scripts 10.11.6. Something like this:

 rpm -Uvh --nodeps

Or wget the rpm and run dnf update ./network-scripts-10.11.6-1.el9.x86_64.rpm on the local file.

After that, you can run dnf update normally.

More info here: