emacs on freebsd 5.3

Tony Tung tonytung at merly.org
Thu Feb 17 01:20:25 GMT 2005


I have an unusual problem I was hoping someone could help me with.  I have 
a FreeBSD 5.3 server that's been up for longer than a month.  In that 
period, everything seemed fine.  However, all of a sudden, I'm no longer 
able to spawn a shell in emacs.  In fact, I cannot start any process 
(shell, gdb, grep, compile) inside emacs.  It is happening to all the 
users, which makes me wonder if there's some OS-related issue in play 

I've tried restarting emacs, bypassing the emacs startup file, 
reinstalling emacs, and just about everything I could think of short of 
restarting the server (don't want to do that until I'm physically 

Any ideas or advice would be welcome.


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