Trying to sort out the why (and how) to resolve a package dep issue...the issue being the package is already installed, just that the package name that's currently installed has a architecture bit at the end of the package name:

 --> Processing Dependency: libsmbios = 2.2.27-4.12.1.el6 for package: python-smbios-2.2.27-4.12.1.el6.x86_64
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Package: python-smbios-2.2.27-4.12.1.el6.x86_64 (@dell-omsa-indep)
       Requires: libsmbios = 2.2.27-4.12.1.el6
       Removing: libsmbios-2.2.27-4.12.1.el6.x86_64 (@dell-omsa-indep)
           libsmbios = 2.2.27-4.12.1.el6
       Updated By: libsmbios-2.2.27-1908.9058.el6.x86_64 (dell-system-update_dependent)
           libsmbios = 2.2.27-1908.9058.el6
       Available: libsmbios-2.2.26-3.el6.i686 (epel)
           libsmbios = 2.2.26-3.el6

 [root@box yum.repos.d]# rpm -qa | grep python-smbios

My environment is puppet controlled and consists hundreds of boxes running yum update nightly, so a manual solution (i.e. --skip-broken) isn't a viable solution.

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    This is Dell's mistake and you need to yell very loudly at them. – Michael Hampton May 6 '16 at 1:59
  • I laughed pretty hard at that, but honestly...there has to be a way for me to rectify this somehow. – Ethan Shrago May 12 '16 at 16:47
  • Hmm. If yelling doesn't work, you could speak in a normal voice. But the advice is otherwise 100% serious. This is a problem you should report to them. – Michael Hampton May 12 '16 at 17:23
  • opened a support ticket with them. here's hoping... – Ethan Shrago May 12 '16 at 20:38
  • @EthanShrago did you hear anything back from Dell? – a coder May 20 '16 at 11:18

I found an answer here: http://lists.us.dell.com/pipermail/linux-poweredge/2016-April/050490.html

short version - disable the dell repository - yum remove dell_ie_rac python-smbios

then yum update works again.

not sure what effect that'll have on the dell utilities, but I'd rather disable them than prevent server updates.

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