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Old 01-09-2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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Segmentation fault and bus error on slow system

Presently I have a server running Centos 4.6

All of a sudden the server started responding slow.
I disconnected my putty session and reconnected.
It took a while before I got the login prompt.
When I try to run "yum upgrade" all I get "segemntation fault".
When I try to run "rpm" I get the same.

So I downloaded the rpm source from

When I try to unpack it with "tar xzvf rpm-", it waits a while and exits with just "bus error"
I tried "man yum" that started with "Formatting page" and then.... nothing

Where do I need to look what is the source of the problem?

I already discovered a few things.

Bus error has to do with the kernel.
Segmentation fault might indicate a conflict of version between libraries or libraries and application.
Either might indicate a hardware error (how do I test for it)

When I run "strace yum upgrade" the part with the segmentation fault is:
open("/lib/", O_RDONLY)  = 5
read(5, "\177ELF\1\1\1\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\3\0\3\0\1\0\0\0\340pO\0004\0\0\0"..., 512) = 512
fstat64(5, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0755, st_size=56336, ...}) = 0
old_mmap(0x4f5000, 56176, PROT_READ|PROT_EXEC, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_DENYWRITE, 5, 0) = 0x4f5000
old_mmap(0x502000, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_FIXED|MAP_DENYWRITE, 5, 0xd000) = 0x502000
close(5)                                = 0
--- SIGSEGV (Segmentation fault) @ 0 (0) ---
+++ killed by SIGSEGV +++
When I run "tar xzvf rpm-" the part with the bus error is:
open("/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive", O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE) = 3
fstat64(3, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=48505456, ...}) = 0
mmap2(NULL, 2097152, PROT_READ, MAP_PRIVATE, 3, 0) = 0xb7d6c000
close(3)                                = 0
rt_sigaction(SIGCHLD, {SIG_DFL}, {SIG_DFL}, 8) = 0
geteuid32()                             = 0
umask(0)                                = 022
pipe([3, 4])                            = 0
clone(child_stack=0, flags=CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID|CLONE_CHILD_SETTID|SIGCHLD, child_tidptr=0xb7f6cae8) = 30000
close(4)                                = 0
fstat64(3, {st_mode=S_IFIFO|0600, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
read(3, "rpm-\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0"..., 10240) = 10240
--- SIGBUS (Bus error) @ 0 (0) ---
+++ killed by SIGBUS +++

Thanks in advance

Last edited by serge; 01-09-2008 at 09:01 AM.
Old 01-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #2
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When I run "prelink -all" I get:
prelink: /usr/lib/ bogus sh_link value 15452
prelink: /usr/bin/hpftodit: Dependency tracing failed
prelink: /usr/bin/makeinfo: bogus sh_link value 1935631209
prelink: /usr/bin/mysql_upgrade: Could not read .interp section
prelink: /sbin/mgetty: Could not read .interp section
prelink: /sbin/iptables-save: PT_INTERP segment not corresponding to .interp section
prelink: /sbin/depmod: PT_INTERP segment not corresponding to .interp section
prelink: /sbin/quotacheck: PT_INTERP segment not corresponding to .interp section
prelink: /usr/sbin/ss: Could not read .interp section
prelink: /usr/lib/ bogus sh_link value 1882156141
Segmentation fault
When I run "ldd /bin/rpm" I get:
Code: => /usr/lib/ (0x00694000) => /usr/lib/ (0x005a9000) => /lib/ (0x004f5000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00551000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00547000) => /usr/lib/ (0x004c5000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00519000) => /lib/tls/ (0x0048e000) => /lib/ (0x00488000) => /lib/tls/ (0x00837000) => /lib/tls/ (0x00505000) => /usr/lib/ (0x004b3000) => /usr/lib/ (0x007f4000) => /lib/tls/ (0x0035a000)
        /lib/ (0x00340000)
Old 01-21-2008, 09:36 AM   #3
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I have 'resolved' the error. After a reboot all I got was media access errors, so it was probably related to harddrive failure. Luckily I was able to use a knoppix CD to copy all important files to another server which now acts as a temporary replacement


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