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Old 09-22-2003, 03:30 AM   #1
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Unhappy Doing "make" command makes system freeze


Hi!
I was trying to install GIMP from sources the other day but could not get past "make" step. When I did "make" it worked for about 20 mins and then the PC just froze. I am running Mandrake 9.1; 256M DDR; Pentium Celeron 2GHz. I rebooted and tried again - the same thing occured.
Then I tried to "make" wine and it froze again. Sometimes it just freezes or kernel panic occurs.
Any help is much appreciated!

PS: How long should it take to "make" GIMP on a PC like mine ?

Thanks!!!
 
Old 09-22-2003, 04:47 AM   #2
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Your computer freezing is a sign of a serious problem while running Linux. Are you sure it is truly frozen? Have you tried switching to another terminal ie: [ctrl]+[alt]+[F1] to [F6] ?

It may be just one process that is hanging. Does it only hang while compiling software? Are you using the stock Mandrake kernel or a custom one? Crashing Linux using a stock kernel is almost unheardof on a system as fast as yours.
 
Old 09-22-2003, 04:55 AM   #3
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No, nothing helps. It becomes frozen completely, sometimes Caps Lock and Scroll Lock are flashing - i guess this is what is called *kernel panic*.
Basically, the only choice is to Reset the PC.

- It only hangs when I try to compile.
- I am using native Mandrake 9.1 kernel w/o any patches or security updates.

Just how long GIMP or wine should compile, do you know?
 
Old 09-22-2003, 07:11 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by bulliver
... Have you tried switching to another terminal ie: [ctrl]+[alt]+[F1] to [F6] ?
Well, did you try?
 
Old 09-22-2003, 07:26 AM   #5
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sorry, yes i did but the keyword would not work at all
 
Old 09-22-2003, 07:42 AM   #6
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??? keyword ???

Which one? What did you type? You realize that you do have to log in (at least under F2-F6)?
 
Old 09-22-2003, 08:09 AM   #7
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ahh... it was *keyboard* , not keyword, sorry!!!

the pointer stops, mouse does not work, keyboard either,
i tried [ctrl]+[alt]+[F1] to [F6] , killing X server, etc. but no use
 
Old 09-22-2003, 08:22 AM   #8
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Okay, understood.

Why don't you check the free space of the partition(s) you use for source, object, log and temp files during compilation? Any partition with less than 100 MB or 5% free space left could be dangerous for a big packet like GIMP and here 100 MB is a lower side guess.
 
Old 09-22-2003, 08:57 AM   #9
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This thought crossed my mind, but it unlikely that this is the case here since I have 17G for my root partition, and 1G for swap. I don't have any other partitions. I have about 14G of free space on the root partition.

Again, it is not only GIMP. It froze when I tried to *make* wine too. And wine is not that big.

Are there any logs that could give me a hint what is wrong?

Last edited by weiss; 09-22-2003 at 09:00 AM.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 02:05 AM   #10
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I'm out of my depth, here. You will have to wait for an a reader who is experienced with this, I am experimenting still, myself.

Why don't you look for *.log files on your system, sorted by date and time? You know when you tried to compile, so then is where to look ... .
 
Old 09-23-2003, 05:41 AM   #11
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The make hanging is a serious sign of RAM trouble. IMO just download a memory manager or RAM doctor and just check out your RAM.
 
Old 09-24-2003, 08:47 AM   #12
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Thanks ALL,
i somehow managed to *make* it, however, it did not install anyways because of various dependences. So, to solve it all I download rpm from Mandrake Cooker and it all worked.
 
Old 09-24-2003, 08:51 AM   #13
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Congratulations. But what did you do exactly to get the make utility up and running??
 
Old 09-24-2003, 09:43 AM   #14
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Jees! If I only knew... Maybe my PC had a bad hair day... I did not do anything! I will run *make* again on something when I have time to double check it.
 
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If you ever find out, please post the reason(s) here, we all want to learn ...
 
  


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