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Re: assertion failure in rm

From: Edward Welbourne
Subject: Re: assertion failure in rm
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 18:59:51 +0100

> If you could provide more details, here are some of the
> things I'd like to know:
>   the actual command that failed,
sorry, deep in the bowels of make and it hasn't repeated itself.
It's conceivable a rm -r managed to be in collision with some other rm.
But that's a *wild* guess.

>   the type of system you're using,
address@hidden> uname -a
Linux phrixus 2.2.17 #1 Sun Jun 25 09:24:41 EST 2000 i686 unknown

>   the type of filesystem involved,
one of the following extracts from
address@hidden> mount
apollo:/dev_home on /a/apollo/dev_home type nfs 
/dev/hda1 on / type ext2 (rw,errors=remount-ro,errors=remount-ro)

>   whether any hierarchy that was being removed happened to span a mount point
don't think so, but don't know.

> The point is to give me enough information so that I can reproduce
> the failure.
aye.  Sadly, most of what I can say is that a sporadic something caught
on that assertion, hoping maybe that the assertion itself gives some
hint as to how it can have arisen ...

> In any case, you might want to upgrade to the following:
thanks, but I'm not much of a sysadmin so (it being sporadic) I'll wait
for it to reach a debian mirror near me ;^>

> There have been significant improvements since 4.0l.
Thanks.  I'll look forward to them.

Happy hunting,


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