RE: "Failed to Fork Child Process"
"Thousands of gnome-cups-icon processes" is caused by this! This is because
the cups-icon applet spawns a new thread every 10 seconds and because of the
bug in libc they stay as zombies after finishing their work.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Oram [mailto:Debian@RobertOram.com]
> Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 8:37 PM
> To: Tom Evans
> Cc: email@example.com
> 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" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > *To:* <email@example.com>
> > *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: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > ...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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