Core dump

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Wed Oct 31 17:59:31 PDT 2007

On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 00:39:52 +0100
Roland Smith <rsmith at> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 03:32:10PM -0700, Rem P Roberti wrote:
> > A program that I use has started giving me this error message when
> > I try to load it:
> > 
> > Segmentation fault: 11 (core dumped)

Hey, it's Halloween! ;)

> This means that the program has either tried to read from a part of
> the memory that it isn't allowed to access, or it has tried to write
> to a memory page that is marked read-only.

Rem, if you have updated that program recently, you may have
installed a version that introduced a new bug.

It could also happen when one of the libraries loaded by
that program have been updated, and also introduced
such a bug (hint: ldd(1) for a list of dynamically
loaded libraries).

> > Can someone give me a heads up on what's going on here.  I've done a
> > reinstall to no avail.
> It is a bug in the program.

Yes, but if it doesn't always happen at the same location
of the program, or even starts to affect other programs,
seemingly randomly, you may also have a hardware problem,
like faulty RAM, overheating CPU, bad PSU etc... Check your
RAM with the ports sysutils/memtest86 and sysutils/memtest
if you have doubts.


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