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SubjectRe: File system cache corruption in 2.6?
On Mon, Jan 05 2004, Nathaniel W. Filardo wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to work out the cause of a series of issues I've seen
> on my 2.6 machine. It appears as though files (specifically libraries) in
> memory can get corrupted, resulting in strangeness like segfaults and
> things like "relocation error: can't find symbol ...-VOMD-POINTER" instead
> of "...-VOID-POINTER".

That's a single bit error.

> I don't believe it's actual hardware failure for a few reasons: memtest86
> passes all tests, GCC doesn't crash (it's a Gentoo system, so gcc and I
> are well acquainted - and before I get jumped on, I've installed udev ;)
> ), and most importantly, sometimes thrashing the file system or engaging a
> kernel compile will rectify the situation, as just happened with emacs.
> It crashed, I killed it, it wouldn't load - I started a kernel compile,
> waited a bit, and lo', it works again. No messages of relevance appear in
> dmesg.

It looks _extremely_ much like bad memory, or bad hardware. Sometimes
memtest just doesn't catch all errors (how long did you run it? needs
several days often).

Jens Axboe

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