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Re: Bug#23902: bug #23902: debian beta 2.0 dpkg dumps core

Some time around  Sat, 27 Jun 1998 20:58:18 MDT, 
         Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
 > On Sat, 27 Jun 1998, Igor Grobman wrote:
 > > 
 > > I had a similar experience today: dpkg --configure --pending failed with t
 > his:
 > > 
 > > dpkg: unable to fill /var/lib/dpkg/updates/tmp.i with padding: file too la
 > rge.
 > > 
 > > After a couple of retries the message went away, strangely enough, and 
 > > --configure --pending started working.  I don't like dpkg doing this in an
 > > official release, so I am upgrading this to "grave"
 > > 
 > > BTW, this caused apt to segfault.
 > Are you certain it was APT? I've had a few reports of dpkg segfaulting and
 > people thinking it was APT - I think it's most unlikely for APT to
 > segfault at that point, it is simply waitpid(3) for dpkg. How large was
 > the core file? APT tends to be around 800k-1M

There was no core file, that's the problem.  ulimit was set to unlimited...
if could have been dpkg segfaulting, but I did not see any dpkg messages 
before something segfaulted, so I assume it was apt.  

 > I think dpkg has some problems with the updates directory, I've noticed a
 > few people who have files left over from some situations and other very
 > screwy things.

Yes, this needs to be fixed.

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Igor Grobman           igor@debian.org                 igor@igoria.net 

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