HEADS UP! KSE needs more attention

Matthias Andree ma at dt.e-technik.uni-dortmund.de
Mon Jun 7 00:32:16 GMT 2004

Marcel Moolenaar <marcel at xcllnt.net> writes:

> As for alpha, we don't even seem to be able to degrade it to tier 2
> without losing face. kris@ has already stopped package builds for it
> for his own sake.

Alpha is special, with what seems to me like a GDB bug. Try this:

echo '#include <stdlib.h>
int main() {abort();}' >abortme.c
gcc -O2 -o abortme abortme.c
gdb ./abortme ./core.abortme
(inside gdb:) backtrace
(inside gdb:) backtrace full
(inside gdb:) quit

This stuff is run as part of the ports/mail/bogofilter test suite (which
is part of the build) determine if core dumps from the build logs are

A couple of days ago, the backtrace of the trivial program ended up in
an unterminated loop on the build cluster, GDB kept repeating stack
frame #0. Whoops. The other architectures appeared fine though.

I haven't bothered to file a PR as I don't have an Alpha machine and
I'm not comfortable with filing second-hand bugs.

Matthias Andree

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