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Re: fatal signal and .rfl locks

From: Dennis Jones
Subject: Re: fatal signal and .rfl locks
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 12:18:08 -0700

Well, we *do* know the system is a little flaky.  This is the same system on
which we were (and still do occasionally) getting those funny single-bit
errors during check-in, where a character would get modified by one bit to
become some other character.

We are planning to replace this server ASAP.

- Dennis

----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Jones" <address@hidden>
To: "Dennis Jones" <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: fatal signal and .rfl locks

> Dennis Jones writes:
> >
> > Well, I couldn't wait for an answer, so I deleted the files.  I still
> > the fatal signal and segmentation faults, so I figured there was
> > going on in the filesystem.  So, I rebooted the server and was going to
> > fsck, but all is well after the reboot.  Very strange.
> Indeed.  The leftover lock files were almost certainly a symptom of the
> problem rather than the cause, particularly since you say that even ls
> dumpped core when you listed the directory.  My best guess is that you
> have some memory that's marginal -- I'm betting your server is modern
> (read "cheap", in all senses of the word) PC hardware with no parity or
> ECC.
> -Larry Jones
> When you're SERIOUS about having fun, it's not much fun at all! -- Calvin

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