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    SubjectRe: Bus Errors!
    On Sat, 7 Feb 1998, Gabriel Paubert wrote:

    > On Sat, 7 Feb 1998, Suman_Saraf wrote:
    > > Sorry for the earlier goof up with the cd thing :-) What I was trying out
    > > is :-
    > >
    > > This is a snip from man 7 signal
    > > ----------------
    > > A SIGBUS is missing; this is because the 386 hardware does
    > > not generate such a signal, but makes porting from other
    > > architectures unnecessarily difficult.
    > > ----------------
    > I don't have this on my man page.

    Neither do I (man pages from RH5.0).

    > > Then how come netscape dumps core with a bus error on my 386 running Linux
    > > (when I try to access a Java Enables page)??

    Because it wants to?
    Because a SIGBUS doesn't involve a core dump?

    I tried stracing netscape, then doing a "killall -SEGV
    Here is the relevant part of the trace:

    sigaction(SIGSEGV, {0x83c52d0, [ALRM], 0x1a58}, NULL) = 0

    [much later...]

    --- SIGSEGV (Segmentation fault) ---
    getpid() = 23163
    kill(23163, SIGBUS) = 0
    --- SIGBUS (Bus error) ---
    +++ killed by SIGBUS +++

    So basically it seems to set up a signal handler for SIGSEGV that just
    does a "kill(getpid(), SIGBUS)".

    My only guess is that since SIGBUS doesn't trigger a core dump and SIGSEGV
    does, they avoid littering peoples' filesystems with gigantic corefiles
    (NS *is* big...).

    We'll know for sure when the source comes out.

    > Are you using 2.0.x or 2.1.x ? I'll assume 2.0.x.
    > > I have upgraded my libc with gnumalloc() patch and now it is ok but what I
    > > want to point out is how is a bus error generated in the 1st case on a 386
    > > machine when the man page says otherwise.
    > >
    > > And one more question: Do the later x86's generate this signal ?
    > You should be able to generate SIGBUS at will under 2.0.x.

    With kill(), you can generate whatever signal you want :)

    [ info on SIGBUS deleted ]

    > > Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
    > >
    > > Also I would like to know , has anyone ever come across a program on Linux
    > > which dumps core with a SIG_BUS other than netscape ??
    > >

    Not many. But Netscape on Solaris can exit with SIGBUS too.

    [rest deleted]

    Did I miss something? SIGBUS has never triggered a core dump for me;
    only SIGSEGV has.


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