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Michael Paul Lucking writes:

> > 
> > 
> >  
> > Has anyone else had trouble with "makewhatis"? It seems to run 'sed' in a loop,
> > which just fills up all the virtual memory and crashes the machine.
> >  
> > I have 32MB of swap space, so I don't think this is the problem.
> >  
> > 
> I have 20 meg and on Sunday morning I got a mail message from the cron system
> stating the sed had run out of memory (this line was repeated about 100 times
> or more) The machine on monday morning had used up most all of my memory and
> more of the 16meg swap space (that really never get used that much) there were
> no processes running that were using tons of memory! This could have been it!
> Anyone else get this problem?
> for your info my cron file has the line...
>  	10 02 * * 1 makewhatis /usr/man /usr/local/man /usr/X386/man
> thanks ml
> -- 
> ____________________________________________
> Michael Paul Lucking <=> mlucking@cs.uah.edu 

First thing I did after installing debian was to run makewhatis on
/usr/man and /usr/X386/man, *simultaneously* and in the background.
Both jobs finished without incident, and I was using the machine the
whole time.  I have 16MB ram, but I checked the output of free at some
point (because I was compiling Linux 0.99.15, and editing a TeX file
with Emacs and running TeX from time to time).  I don't think I ever
actually started swapping.  This is debian 0.90, by the way.  Perhaps
something changed in 0.91?

Sunando Sen

Dept. of Economics			Email: sens@acf2.nyu.edu
New York University

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