Coreutils - incident of note

Ronald Hummelink ronald at
Fri Feb 21 12:53:05 PST 2003

On Fri, 2003-02-21 at 19:48, Gerard Beekmans wrote:
> On February 21, 2003 11:15 am, John Nielsen wrote:
> > Note that it didnt fail from within my slightly non standart LFS... It only
> > failed from within my Mandrake-9.0.
> Well I ran the test on my LFS system and I had the same symptoms. It locked up 
> for a few seconds in which time it managed to use up 512 MB of RAM and about 
> 100 MB of my remaining swap. A few seconds later the process was killed.
> I doubt this is normal.
> I've extracted the code from the configure script and attached it to this 
> email. Maybe a better programmer than I can take a look and see what's going 
> on.

I have the same thing happening.. from coreutils 4.5.5 and up.
I haven't had enough time to investigate.. this week been rather busy
for me, but the main loop of that config test basically seems to me
nothing more then somehting that will loop up to consuming infinite


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