Coreutils - incident of note

John Nielsen knoglen at
Fri Feb 21 09:35:06 PST 2003

On Friday 21 February 2003 08:49, you wrote:
> When I compile (Ch5 and Ch6) coreutils, instead of sh-utils, textutils and
> fileutils, everything is fine, AFAICT.  But at one point in the configure
> it outputs:
>   checking for working C stack overflow detection...
> and the whole machine stops for tea!  My 600Mhz PIII seemed almost locked
> up for 3 minutes - even the mouse cursor - then it carried on.  Something
> fairly hairy must be happening at a very low level.
> Not something to worry about, just to be aware.  It might warrant a warning
> if coreutils makes it into the book.  Frighened the pants off me!

Yep... i get this too... It only happens on my mandrake-9.0 though. My LFS is 
not affected... It seems to be an issue with mandrake itself in my case. 
Which host distro are you using?

John Nielsen
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