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Re: Cygwin coreutils assertion failed

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According to Daniel on 8/3/2007 12:29 AM:
> Hi Eric,
> I'm running Windows XP Professional with Cygwin 2.510.2.2.

No, you aren't.  You loaded cygwin using setup.exe version 2.510.2.2, but
cygwin itself is at version 1.5.24.  Also, coreutils is now at 6.9-4,
while you only have 6.9-3; you may want to consider upgrading.

> I have a
>     tail -n 1000 -F -s 0.1 ~/putty.log
> running all the time since many weeks. Tonight it crashed with the message:
> assertion "0 <= seconds" failed: file
> "/home/eblake/coreutils-6.9-3/src/coreutils-6.9/lib/xnanosleep.c",
> line 57
> bash: [3120: 1] tcsetattr: Inappropriate ioctl for device
> Hangup
> (129)

Well, calling xnanosleep with negative time (where seconds is a variable
of type double) certainly implies a bug.  The question is why the time was

Even worse, in the source for tail, xnanosleep is called in only one
place, inside a while(1) loop, with a value initialized to 0.1 outside of
the loop by your choice of -s option but never assigned within the loop.
It is either stack corruption (perhaps due to faulty memory), or else the
double sleep value is being stored only in a register and the register is
not properly being restored after some context switch.  Without
disassembling tail, I don't know whether the sleep_interval was stored on
the stack or in a register; but since it is the only use of floating point
in tail.c, I would suspect that the compiler did not need to spill it out
of registers onto the stack.  Either way, it does not sound like a
pleasant bug, nor does it seem like something that is caused directly by

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