I have been unable to get RPM files to install as root. I can upgrade but not install. Errors like
file: package.tar.gz action: unkown
pop up when I use
rpm -ivv package.rpm.
I started having this problem with the netatalk rpm, but the ksciplot and C++2LaTeX packages give me the same error that the action for each file is unknown.
Also, as root, any man topic I can think of is unavailable. Even simple ones like ls and cd. Could these issues be related via a corrupted .bashrc file or its equivalent? I rarely use bash. I am running RedHat 6.0 and my user tcsh account works fine.