Coreutils - incident of note

James Iwanek chthon at
Sat Feb 22 05:26:54 PST 2003

Gerard Beekmans wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 21, 2003 at 03:58:29PM -0500, Gerard Beekmans wrote:
>> Ok, I'll find a coreutils mailinglist, subscribe to it, report the
>> problem and report back to you guys when/if I get a reply.
> That was very quick and painless. Here's the reply I got within minutes
> after sending it to the bug-coreutils list. I've included it inline here.
> ---
> To: Gerard Beekmans <gerard at>
> Cc: bug-coreutils at
> Subject: Re: configure test "working C stack overflow detection" seems to
> loop From: Jim Meyering <jim at>
> Gerard Beekmans <gerard at> wrote:
>> I tried out coreutils-4.5.7 and noticed a problem with the "C stack
>> overflow detection" check performed by the configure script.
>> It seems to loop infinitely until it gets killed by the kernel. The test
>> runs for a few minutes in which is consumed 512 MB RAM and 128 MB swap.
>> It then gets killed by the kernel and that's the end of that. I doubt it
>> is intended like this?
> Thanks for reporting that.
> It is fixed in the next test release
> which should appear Real Soon Now.
> ---

so soon infact its already here ;-)

get coreutils-4.5.8 from ;-)

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