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Re: ./configure.lineno: fork: Cannot allocate memory

From: Pierre
Subject: Re: ./configure.lineno: fork: Cannot allocate memory
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 23:56:56 +0200

Hello Ralf,

As adviced, I added "set -x" in the configure script of File-5.03. The
software versions are those of LFS 6.5
- Autoconf-2.64
- Bash-4.0
- Glibc-2.10.1
- kernel : when I am chrooting, the one of my host system :
2.6.28-15-generic #49-Ubuntu SMP Tue Aug 18 18:40:08 UTC 2009 i686
GNU/Linux; when I am booting from the LFS partition : Linux-
- Sed-4.2.1
- Grep-2.5.4
- Gawk-3.1.7
- Coreutils-7.4

While in chroot, I ran the following command :
"root:/sources/file-5.03# ./configure >configure_stdout.log
2>configure_stderr.log". At the end, the configure_stdout.log is
empty, while the configure_stderr.log contains all the messages... I
also ran the same command on the host system (on which I have no

Please find attached a tar.bz2 file containing :
- configure : the configure script of File-5.03 (with "set -x")
- configure_stderr_chroot.log : the logfile in the chroot
- configure_stderr_host.log : the logfile on the host system

Thanks a lot for your help,


On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 6:45 AM, Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello Pierre,
> * Pierre wrote on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 11:28:20PM CEST:
>> I built a Linux From Scratch 6.5 yesterday
> which kind of puts you in the boat of fixing things yourself, no?  ;-)
>> and had no problem doing
>> "./configure" and "make" under chroot for all the packages. But since my
>> reboot, when I chroot, if I launch any "./configure" script, nothing happens
>> on the screen (configure loops, I echoed some messages), consumes more and
>> more memory ("free -m" on the host), and at the end displays the following
>> error message :
> Can you add 'set -x' as second line to the configure script, run it, and
> try to analyze it?  If it doesn't help, we're looking for reasons why it
> "loops" (create and spawn configure.lineno more than once, or so).
> You can post some of the output here, but if it's large, then please
> gzip it.
> Please mention which versions of Autoconf, (what?) shell, libc, and
> kernel you're using.  sed, grep, awk, coreutils can't hurt either.
>> root:/sources/file-5.03# ./configure
>> ./configure.lineno: fork: Cannot allocate memory
>> ./configure.lineno: fork: Cannot allocate memory
>> No shell found that supports shell functions.
>> Please tell address@hidden about your system,
>> including any error possibly output before this
>> message
>> ./configure.lineno: fork: Cannot allocate memory
> Cheers,
> Ralf

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