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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 ?
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.
Distribution: openSuSE 42.1_64-KDE, Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17.2
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.
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?