[rc5] Glitch in linux v2.2 client

root marcus at dfwmm.net
Fri Aug 1 01:17:45 EDT 1997


For the first time I saw a failure in the linux v2.2 client. Here's the
screen shot(no log or core dump available):

[08/01/97 04:32:44 GMT] Completed block 197354:E0000000 (268435456 keys)
                        00:17:24.69 - [256951.88 keys/sec]
[08/01/97 04:32:44 GMT] Block: 197354:50000000 being processed
[08/01/97 04:32:44 GMT] 48 Blocks remain in file buff-in.rc5
.....10%.....20%.....30%....Segmentation fault
marcsmess:~/rc5v2b2# rc5v2

RC5 v2.002 client - a project of distributed.net
Copyright distributed.net 1997
Visit http://www.distributed.net/ for more information

[08/01/97 04:46:16 GMT] Block: 197352:90000000 being processed
[08/01/97 04:46:16 GMT] 47 Blocks remain in file buff-in.rc5

This was running in a rxvt window and as you can see, the command
prompt returned. Upon restart, all worked fine. The parallel
-update process was not affected as it was sleeping at the time.
The buffers seem intact; that is, upon restarting, both the cracker
and -updater behaved normally, except for the missing block.

I don't have any idea as to what caused it. The rest of the system is
fine. Maybe a stray cosmic ray? I dunno.
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