Bug 528410 - awk fails with "internal error: segfault" when run by makewhatis
Summary: awk fails with "internal error: segfault" when run by makewhatis
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gawk
Version: 11
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jan Zeleny
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-10-12 01:48 UTC by Ben Liblit
Modified: 2010-04-29 10:19 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-04-29 10:19:14 UTC
Type: ---

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complete log of output from "makewhatis" (167.42 KB, text/plain)
2009-10-12 01:48 UTC, Ben Liblit
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Description Ben Liblit 2009-10-12 01:48:44 UTC
Created attachment 364408 [details]
complete log of output from "makewhatis"

Description of problem:

As used by makewhatis, awk fails with an "internal error: segfault".

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


How reproducible:

100% reproducible, every time.

Steps to Reproduce:

1. Become root.
2. Run "/usr/sbin/makewhatis" with no arguments.

Actual results:

Multiple lines of output reporting "awk: cmd. line:63: fatal error: internal error: segfault".  A log of the full output is attached to this report.

Expected results:

awk should not fail; no error output should be produced.

Additional info:

"makewhatis" is run daily by cron, due to a "/etc/cron.daily/makewhatis.cron" script.  Thus, every day this cron job runs and fails, leading to diagnostic output being mailed to root.

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2010-04-28 10:48:00 UTC
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Comment 2 Ben Liblit 2010-04-29 01:06:04 UTC
I can no longer reproduce the problem as originally described using Fedora 12 with man-1.6f-25.fc12.i686 and gawk-3.1.7-1.fc12.i686.  Man page building seems to work fine, with no segfault messages from awk.

I suppose this can be closed.  Should it be closed WORKSFORME?  Not sure about
that, so I'll leave it for someone else to update the status appropriately.

Comment 3 Jan Zeleny 2010-04-29 10:19:14 UTC
Well, it is opened for F11 and you say it works in F12 - I believe CURRENTRELEASE is the best option here.

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