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Re: [RP] SMP and ratpoison

From: William R Thomas
Subject: Re: [RP] SMP and ratpoison
Date: Thu Dec 26 08:08:03 2002
User-agent: Mutt/1.4i

I would be willing to do a backtrace, but I don't think I meet the
requirements ;)  Specifically, I thought backtrace was for when a
program crashed and dumped core.  In this case, ratpoison seemingly
will run away contentedly forever with a maxed processor and an
inability to do anything.  

On Tue, Dec 24, 2002 at 04:05:42PM -0800, Shawn Betts wrote:
> William R Thomas <address@hidden> writes:
> > I am not sure how closely the Sourceforge bug tracker is being
> > followed for ratpoison, so I figured I would repost here.
> > 
> > The text if the original bug is available here:
> > http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=651655&group_id=10306&atid=110306
> > 
> > But the short synopsis is, with every version of ratpoison I have
> > tried, I have been plagued with ratpoison becoming unresponsive and X
> > windows needing to be restarted to allow me to do anything related to
> > windowing.  The ratpoison maxes out the processor, and any 'ratpoison
> > -c's stick around forever without doing anything.
> > 
> > Using the same version of ratpoison + the same libraries etc at my
> > house, ratpoison is as stable as can be.  The only difference I have
> > been able to determine is that my work machine is SMP.
> > 
> > Is anyone running ratpoison on an SMP box with success?  Has anyone
> > seen this type of behavior and figured out what is going on?
> Hi William,
> No the bugs aren't very closely watched..I just don't have time :(. I
> will look at it now, though. The best way to get our attention is to
> post to the list.
> I have never tested rp on SMP machines, so I'm not surprised it's a
> bit buggy :).
> Is it possible for you to attach a debugger to ratpoison and find out
> where ratpoison is dieing? I'm guessing it's getting into some silly
> loop and just grinding forever. It could be some X event loop where
> ratpoison makes some event, which X sends back to ratpoison which in
> turn produces the same event. The only place I can think of this
> happening is perhaps in the maximize code...it's possibly the yukkiest
> part.
> Do you need further instructions on getting a backtrace with GDB?
> Thanks,
> Shawn

        William R. Thomas
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