Re: Crash in fork.c on everything = install hosed
"Malcolm Box" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Paul Scott wrote:
>> Malcolm Box wrote:
>> <snip symptoms>
>>> Near as I can tell, this is an assertion somewhere in the bowels of
>>> libc - a nasty place for things to go wrong. The error seems to be
>>> affecting anything trying to do certain type of fork() operations.
>>> Among others, it has taken out apt-get and dpkg :-(
>> I just posted the same thing two days ago.
>> Thanks to Jacob Lell. Bug 218546.
>> It's fixed in the latest libc6.
> OK, that looks like it might fix things. But can anyone tell me how
> to get the new version onto my machine given that both dpkg & apt-get
> don't work at the moment? Is there some way to manually unpack the
> files from the .deb into the right places?
I've never done it, but there's nothing magical about *.deb
files. They're simple "ar" archive files, usually containing a
data.tar.gz and control.tar.gz file, among other things. For your
purposes you could try and untar the data.tar.gz file, which would
contain the actually libc binaries and go from there.