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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.16-rc1
Hi Sam,

> The shell script is called which again do:
> echo "main() {}" | gcc -xc - -o /dev/null
> And it seems that gcc will trash /dev/null in your setup when doing
> this.
> One fix would be to avoid the two lines during distclean,
> but I may have to resort to a temporary file.
> Could you please confirm that the above command is the one that trashes
> /dev/null, then I will try to cook up something better.

I confirm that this one line is causing the trouble:

root@arrakis:~> ls -l /dev/null
crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 3 2006-01-18 13:34 /dev/null
root@arrakis:~> echo "main() {}" | gcc -xc - -o /dev/null
root@arrakis:~> ls -l /dev/null
crwxrwxrwx 1 root root 1, 3 2006-01-18 13:34 /dev/null

This is with both gcc 3.3.6 from Slackware 10.2 and gcc 4.0.2 from Suse
10.0. Didn't try with self-compiled gcc versions on these systems.

BTW, I have noticed recently an "a.out" file at the root of my linux
sources tree when I build a kernel.

-rwxr-xr-x 1 khali users 11K 2006-01-16 19:51 a.out*

Running it doesn't seem to do anything useful. Is this file generated
here on purpose? Is it somehow related to the current issue?

Jean Delvare
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