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    SubjectRe: Kernel Compile in tmpfs crumples in 2.4.12 w/epoll patch
    On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, David E. Weekly wrote:

    > Hey all,
    >
    > I was trying to speed up kernel compiles experimentally by moving the source
    > tree into tmpfs and compiling there. It seemed to work okay and crunched
    > through the dep phase and most of the main build phase just fine, but then
    > it hit a file, got an internal segfault, and stopped. I tried again -- this
    > time make itself segfaulted. Three more times of make segfaulting -- a
    > strace on make didn't reveal what was failing. Then strace started
    > segfaulting. Eventually "ls" segfaulted and the machine needed to be
    > manually rebooted. Ouch!
    >
    > I ran the full memtest86 suite on the machine, and it passed with flying
    > colors. So the memory proper is okay.
    >
    > I come to one of two conclusions: this is a wierd problem with my north
    > bridge, or there's something funky going on with tmpfs.
    >
    > Is tmpfs stable?

    Or, is /dev/epoll stable ? :)
    I'm running it both on UP and 2 way SMP w/o problems from July.
    Just try w/o /dev/epoll



    - Davide


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