I am running an openSUSE leap 42.2 64 bit os on my laptop. I was trying to install some packages including nautilus-dropbox, so I added the packman repo. After zypper update, there were some packages that couldn't be updated because of repo's conflicts. So I tried to install them. At some point one packages was failed to be installed. Then when I am running any zypper command I am getting this error:

Target initialization failed.
Failed to cache rpm database (1).

What does this mean? And how can I fix it?

I checked df -h / and I was surprised to see that the root partition occupies 31G on my disk that 100% used space!

Is it possible that dropbox occupies space on my root / partition?

  • Though not the problem in this case, the same message can result from a corrupt package database. At suse.com/documentation/sles11/book_sle_admin/data/…, in section 6.1.8, Troubleshooting we see that one can refresh and rebuild the database with zypper refresh -fdb, and that solved my problem when I had the above message.
    – PJTraill
    Mar 28, 2018 at 13:28

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As you stated your root partition has no space left. Clean up to get some space on it and try it again. Have a look in /tmp /var/tmp /var/log for things you don't need any more. Additionally check if your /home directory is also in the root partition. If yes, dropbox could take the space on your root partition.

  • df -h returns /dev/sda6 47G 8.0G 39G 18% /home and on the other hand /dev/sda5 31G 31G 64K 100% /
    – Hipparkhos
    Nov 12, 2017 at 21:53
  • du -sh .snapshots returns : 698G .snapshots What is this directory?
    – Hipparkhos
    Nov 12, 2017 at 21:55
  • Is it safe to clean the directories /tmp /var/tmp and /var/log ?
    – Hipparkhos
    Nov 12, 2017 at 22:06
  • Ok I deleted some snapshots and it worked! :)
    – Hipparkhos
    Nov 12, 2017 at 22:58

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