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Re: makewhatis problem

Quoth James A. Robinson:
> > Just to add to the mystery:  I ran makewhatis on my machine with 4MB
> > RAM and 8MB swap space while logged in and doing other things; I got
> > the 'Couldn't re-allocate memory' message as well.
> > 
> > I rebooted, started the job using 'nohup' and logged out.  When I
> > checked the machine a few hours later, everything had gone well.
> This is great (weird, but great).  After seeing the above I opened an
> xterm, went to root, and did a nohup /usr/man /usr/X386/man, logged
> out from the xterm, and now it made my whatis database!

Hmmm.  I looked at my machine last night; in the file
'/root/nohup.out' were numerous 'Sed: Couldn't re-allocate memory'
messages.  However, the database was generated and the machine didn't
hang.  Too weird.

Keep in mind that Bill Mitchell said:
> I had to twiddle/usr/sbin/makewhatis to get it to work.

I'll give the patch a try tonight.  Thanks, Bill.

Ted Hajek      Distributed Computing Services     University of Minnesota

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