Bug 29532 - makewhatis.cron dumps core
makewhatis.cron dumps core
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2001-02-26 05:15 EST by Thilo Mezger
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:31 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-03-02 03:15:22 EST
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Description Thilo Mezger 2001-02-26 05:15:38 EST
Running /etc/cron.daily/makewhatis.cron dumps core.

"file core" says: "process `sort' killed by signal 11".

My system has been installed with German locale.
Comment 1 Glen Foster 2001-02-26 18:51:24 EST
We (Red Hat) should really try to resolve this before next release.
Comment 2 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-02-28 00:06:21 EST
Are you able to do other large jobs, like compilings kernels (preferably 10
times or so in a row) without sig11?

I've run this many times without such problems, and would highly suspect your
hardware (overclocking or bad memory chip).

I recommend try the adwise found at http://www.desy.de/unix/linux/memtest/
and http://www.bitwizard.nl/sig11/.

Reopen if all of these tests succeed.
Comment 3 Thilo Mezger 2001-03-02 03:15:11 EST
It's an otherwise very stable 440BX-based system that is *not* overclocked. 
Solid Pentium power.  It has been compiling kernels for hours (with "make -j8")
and ran Memtest-86 for more than 10 hours.  So I guess, we're back in game...

I tried to reproduce the bug on a minimal install but makewhatis does not seem
to find enough man-pages to crash.

My assumption is that German locale plus maybe a strange man-page could be the
cause.  If somebody at www.redhat.de has an "Everything"-install in German and
could try to verify that?

I'll try to reproduce the bug this weekend myself.

PS: Yes, I have verified the MD5SUM's after download and checked every single
RPM with "rpm -K".
Comment 4 Florian La Roche 2001-03-05 06:32:32 EST
The sort bug was fixed in textutils-2.0.11-6, after the wolverine release. You
can test
http://people.redhat.com/laroche/textutils* if you want to fix this.

Please open a new bug if you can still make sort crash with some special locale

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