Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 612787
[abrt] crash in xemacs-21.5.29-11.fc12: kill: Process /usr/bin/xemacs-21.5-b29 was killed by signal 11 (SIGSEGV)
Last modified: 2010-12-03 08:24:20 EST
abrt 1.1.1 detected a crash.
Attached file: backtrace
comment: It seems there is a memory error in emacs (IMHO) that gets triggered either through saving files, or running dired, or a combination of both. Evantually it results in the "directory alist is mangled warning" and xemacs stops performing correctly. Files save, but then get mangled and need to be "undone" ... however, sometimes when this mangling happens, the file doesn't save, and the file on the filesystem disappears. If you don't realize what's happening and explicitly save your buffer before killing emacs, you may lose the file. Which is why this should be considered a severe bug.
reason: Process /usr/bin/xemacs-21.5-b29 was killed by signal 11 (SIGSEGV)
release: Fedora release 12 (Constantine)
How to reproduce
1. Run emacs and run a few dired sessions
2. Edit and save a few files. eventually you get a "directory alist is mangled" warning.
3. Exit emacs and get the coredump attached with this bugreport (again suggesting a memory error).
Created attachment 430523 [details]
Thanks for the report, Niels. I need to get upstream involved as I'm not making any headway on tracking this down myself. I apologize for the delay.
I switched to emacs-23.1-22.fc12.x86_64 and bid my fond adieu and happy memories to xemacs ... it appears some progress has been made w/ Xemacs of late in Fedora, however emacs-23 is doing a better job integrating w/ gnome/kde and scalable fonts, and appears to have adopted many of xemacs' original advantages over the years.
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