Bug 1005271 - prelink crash every day
prelink crash every day
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: prelink (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-09-06 10:41 EDT by jonathan baron
Modified: 2015-02-17 12:05 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2015-02-17 12:05:48 EST
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Description jonathan baron 2013-09-06 10:41:24 EDT
Description of problem:

Prelink crashed every day.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Several versions. This has been going on for years.

How reproducible:

Completely. Also happens with prelink -av

Steps to Reproduce:
1. let cron do its thing
2. prelink -a

Actual results:

Crash. /etc/prelink.cache not created

Expected results:


Additional info:

This problem has been "bugging" me for years, and I finally figured it out, so a very small modification of /etc/prelink.conf would prevent others from running into it. The problem was that I installed R, and all its packages with their help files, and, in addition, I put several years of a mailing list in the same place. As a result, there were perhaps thousands of html files in various subdirectories of /usr/lib64 and other directories which turned out to be ones searched by prelink. Apparently prelink was choking on all the html files. The solution was very simple: blacklist .html by adding the line
-b *.html
to /etc/prelink.conf.

I don't know how many html files are required to cause the problem, but it is possible that the complete installation of R, with several thousand packages, each with a few dozeen html files, will cause this problem. Thus, the proposed addition of this one line in future versions of prelink might be helpful.

This bug may be related to 1003659 and 583303, but I can't figure out what they are.
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