Gerhard Niklasch on Tue, 3 Mar 1998 20:40:24 +0100

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Re: Strange behavior with Red Hat linux 5.0

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> Date: 	Tue, 3 Mar 1998 20:19:57 +0100
> From: Roland Dreier <>
> I recently upgraded my linux installation from Red Hat 4.0 to Red Hat
> 5.0.  Before the upgrade, I had no problems with pari-2.0.6.  As part
> of that upgrade, /etc/passwd got rebuilt (that may or may not be
> relevant).  Now, when I run gp from the account "dreier" which has UID
> 500, I get a SEGV the _second_ time the call to getpwuid on the line
> (line # 1731 in language/es.c)

(Sounds like memory getting corrupted somewhere...)

I rather believe this kind of thing showed up (once) just before
Karim sent out 2.0.6.alpha, and I'm not sure whether or not he
could isolate the cause before he went to Paris for a week.  He
dropped me a somewhat cryptic warning about possible SEGVs depen-
ding on the presence or absence of .gprc before he left.

Does the problem go away if you rebuild gp?  (It might have to do with
changes in the C libraries, and only show up when gp was built with
an older libc version than the one it's running with.)

Just a stab in the dark, Gerhard