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Old 11-18-2005, 10:22 AM   #1
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Binary files keep corrupting

Here as the past week or two my /bin files keep corrupting, along with some others. If I replace them with backups they work fine, for about a minute and then they SegFault again. I've also noticed that is happens when I switch back between Xwin and console.

I've even started with a fresh install of slackware, yet it just did the same thing. ls -al will list the amount of files, and then segfault for example. It's getting nervewrecking. I'm running kernel 2.4.31. Any insight?
Old 11-18-2005, 10:44 AM   #2
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What filesystem are you using on the harddisk?
Old 11-18-2005, 11:21 AM   #3
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Seems like I heard someone with a similar problem and it was a HD going bad.
Old 11-18-2005, 01:25 PM   #4
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i'd agree with these guys, boot off a floopy, and scan your drive
Old 11-18-2005, 01:56 PM   #5
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You may want to
- check your filesystem
- check your free disk space (when some of your hd partitions are full, this may cause weird effects)
- check your harddisc (hardware)
- check your cable connections (plugged tightly enough? correct orientation? correct order?)
- check your file system access rights
- check your swap partition
- check your termination if it is a SCSI disk
- check your SCSI IDs if it is a SCSI disk
- check your SCSI partition mapping if it is a SCSI disk

Looks like there's a lot of things to check, but most of them don't take a lot of effort or time.
Good luck!

Old 11-18-2005, 02:15 PM   #6
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I'm running ext2 filesystem. However, it's ONLY the /bin files that corrupt. This laptop is only 3 months old, I don't imagine the hard drive would be bad already. I've ran e2fsck on the drive, and it shows no bad blocks. My swap partition is fine. All the drives are IDE.

The files stay just fine until I switch over to Xwindows. When I do that, they start segfaulting. They file size is also increased, and that has me suspicious. Strace has showed nothing that meant anything useful to me.
Old 11-19-2005, 09:09 AM   #7
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Has anyone had these problems due to Gnome? I'm really trying to figure it out, and it has me baffled. It is related to Xwindows somehow. The second I sudo a program or su to root to do something, it causes SegFaults and my files become larger. Doesn't make sense to me.
Old 11-19-2005, 09:17 AM   #8
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stryka, can you try another window manager?
Old 11-19-2005, 09:22 AM   #9
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another guess: if these files in /bin get corrupted, maybe
do a test and remove the write permission on those files.

chmod -w /bin/*

and see what program complains.

Old 11-19-2005, 09:54 AM   #10
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I'm actually running Enlightenment, but when I ran gedit last time it fubar'd /bin.

I will take that advice and remove write permission to /bin.


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