RE: "Failed to Fork Child Process"
I am running testing with the libc6.1 and locales pacakge from the
experimental distribution without any problems since 2 month. Just download
the .deb files for alpha from the package site:
It does not matter that the version differs, but locales must be also
upgraded, because the testing version is too old! Without it you will not
get correct error messages in your language and you will get a lot of
If you need packages like libc6.1-dev and other libs just download them in
the same way.
An installation with apt is not possible because the experimental
distribution is not self-contained.
After downloading install them with dpkg -i *.deb
H.-H.-Meier-Allee 63, D-28213 Bremen
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Oram [mailto:Debian@RobertOram.com]
> Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 8:37 PM
> To: Tom Evans
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: "Failed to Fork Child Process"
> I am running "testing". How would I go about implementing or testing
> the fix? Or is there any way to easily verify that this is the same
> problem that I am facing?
> Also, whe I look under system monitor processes, I see hundreds of
> "gnome-cups-icon" zombies. Is that the culprit? Any suggestions on how
> to fix, and make the system useable again?
> I have the following :
> getconf GNU_LIBTHREAD_VERSION returns: linuxthreads-0.10
> gcc --version returns: gcc 4.1.2 20060901 (prerelease) (Debian
> Tom Evans wrote:
> > Are you running "stable"?
> > There is still an outstanding issue with the libc/libpthreads in
> > "testing" and "unstable" whereby threads are not properly reaped after
> > termination.
> > This causes processes to leak and eventually no more threads or
> > processes can be created.
> > http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=325600
> > There appears to be an upstream fix, according to an entry in the bug,
> > but I have not yet tried it:
> > *From:* "Uwe Schindler" <email@example.com>
> > *To:* <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > *Subject:* Seems to be fixed by NPTL
> > *Date:* Sun, 8 Oct 2006 22:11:28 +0200
> > Tested today the latest experimental libc6.1 (package version 2.3.999
> > inside is glibc 2.4) and locales package - no more defunct processes!
> > -----
> > Uwe Schindler
> > H.-H.-Meier-Allee 63, D-28213 Bremen
> > http://www.thetaphi.de
> > eMail: email@example.com
> > ...tom
> > Robert Oram wrote:
> >> Greetings!
> >> I have 2 LX164's, and have been running the latest version of Etch
> >> on both for months now. I run several different configurations on
> >> each machine, for testing purposes. While most issues have gone away
> >> with newer releases, one has remained persistent. The machines boot
> >> normally, and seem to run normally for 10 to 40 minutes, but then
> >> begin to produce the same error, no matter what I try to do.
> >> Error: Could no launch menu item
> >> Details: Failed to fork child process
> >> (Resource temporarily unavailable)
> >> This persists until I cycle the power, as it will not allow me to do
> >> a reboot. Any ideas as to the cause or how to fix it? What can I do
> >> to troubleshoot?
> >> Thanks,
> >> Bob
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