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Re: assertion failure in rm

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: assertion failure in rm
Date: 14 Jun 2001 18:21:43 +0200
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Edward Welbourne <address@hidden> wrote:
| rm: remove.c:869: rm: Assertion `old_ent != ((void *)0)' failed.
| it happened somewhere in a long and complex make's output.
| Version:
| rm (GNU fileutils) 4.0l
| Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Meyering.

Thanks for the report.

I haven't heard of that problem before, but it might be
due to a bug in lib/hash.c that was fixed on 2000-05-18.

If you could provide more details, here are some of the
things I'd like to know:
  the actual command that failed,
  the type of system you're using,
  the type of filesystem involved,
  whether any hierarchy that was being removed happened to span a mount point

The point is to give me enough information so that I can reproduce
the failure.

In any case, you might want to upgrade to the following:


There have been significant improvements since 4.0l.


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