CURRENT 20020211: Dead on arrival?

Jeffrey M. Vinocur jeff at
Mon Mar 11 23:58:01 UTC 2002

On Mon, 11 Mar 2002, William F. Maton wrote:

> Starting INN from the usual "su - news -c /var/news/bin/"
> invocation now gets me no INNd.
> innwatch and such start off as expected, but it looks like innd just
> quietly exits.  Nothing is recorded in any logs, any where.  No errors to
> console.  Nothing.
> Running "su - news -c /var/news/bin/ ; ps ax &" briefly displays
> innd running, in state R, but a subsequent "ps ax" reveals it to be gone.

Yeah -- this is the thing I've been debugging aloud the past day or two.
I'm also working with one of the gcc developers trying to pin it down,
although if you're seeing it too...what do `gcc -v` and `ld -v` say on
your system?

What's the last snapshot that you were running successfully?  Maybe we can
track down which changes are potentially responsible.

> It happens so fast that I can't catch it when trying to attach it with
> gdb.
> Any hints?

I don't know of any good way around this -- I added a busy loop around
line 555 of innd.c, and once I get gdb attached I jump past the loop.

It's an awful hack, but ah well.

Jeffrey M. Vinocur
jeff at

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