Bug 181809 - Infinite chain of unicode_start processes crashes system
Infinite chain of unicode_start processes crashes system
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 172059
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kbd (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Miloslav Trmač
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Reported: 2006-02-16 14:10 EST by Robert Nichols
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-02-16 17:15:57 EST
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Files from "strace -ff -o log less /etc/profile" (tar archive) (120.00 KB, application/octet-stream)
2006-02-16 15:57 EST, Robert Nichols
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Description Robert Nichols 2006-02-16 14:10:15 EST
Description of problem:
Running 'less' on an ordinary file from a VC, no output is shown until ctrl-C is
pressed.  During this time, a continually growing chain of unicode_start
processes is built.  If not interrupted, this eventually causes the system to
become totally unresponsive, requiring a RESET to recover.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log in on any VC.
2. Run "less /etc/profile"
3. Wait for system to die. (Press Ctrl-C if you don't want that to happen.)
Actual results:
The system eventually starts thrashing and becomes totally unresponsive.

Expected results:
The text from /etc/profile should have been displayed.

Additional info:
This misbehavior does not occur if the environment variable LESSOPEN is unset
(defaults to "|/usr/bin/lesspipe.sh %s" in /etc/profile.d/less.sh).  The problem
does not appear to be affected by LANG settings.
Comment 1 Miloslav Trmač 2006-02-16 14:24:00 EST
What version of initscripts are you using? And what is the value of $BASH_ENV?
Can you provide the first few files generated by 
(strace -ff -o log less /etc/profile)?

Comment 2 Robert Nichols 2006-02-16 15:57:51 EST
Created attachment 124783 [details]
Files from "strace -ff -o log less /etc/profile" (tar archive)
Comment 3 Robert Nichols 2006-02-16 16:00:03 EST
BASH_ENV=/root/.bashrc  which contains:
    # .bashrc

    # User specific aliases and functions

    #alias rm='rm -i'
    #alias cp='cp -i'
    #alias mv='mv -i'

    # Source global definitions
    if [ -f /etc/bashrc ]; then
            . /etc/bashrc

I've found that eliminating the sourcing of /etc/bashrc makes the problem go
away.  File /etc/bashrc from initscripts-8.28-1 is unchanged.
Comment 4 Robert Nichols 2006-02-16 17:02:37 EST
OK, this looks like a problem in initscripts, not kbd.  File /etc/bashrc sources
all the "*.sh" file in /etc/profile.d, and /etc/profile.d/lang.sh causes
/etc/bashrc to be sourced again.  That's an infinite loop.
Comment 5 Miloslav Trmač 2006-02-16 17:15:57 EST
Yes, and you are not the first one to hit this: #179949, #172059.  The correct fix
is to remove setting BASH_ENV from all startup files, which unfortunately cannot
be done automatically.

Thanks for your report.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 172059 ***

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