headache on build repeatibility: octave vs BLODA ?

Hans-Bernhard Bröker HBBroeker@t-online.de
Wed Jan 29 00:03:00 GMT 2020

Am 25.01.2020 um 17:55 schrieb Marco Atzeri:

>    libinterp/corefcn/file-io.cc-tst 
> ...............................fatal: caught signal Segmentation fault 
> -- stopping myself...
> /bin/sh: line 1:  3771 Segmentation fault      (core dumped) /bin/sh 
> ../run-octave --norc --silent --no-history -p 
> /cygdrive/d/cyg_pub/devel/octave/prova_311_510/octave-5.1.0-2.x86_64/build/test/mex 
> /cygdrive/d/cyg_pub/devel/octave/prova_311_510/octave-5.1.0-2.x86_64/src/octave-5.1.0/test/fntests.m 
> /cygdrive/d/cyg_pub/devel/octave/prova_311_510/octave-5.1.0-2.x86_64/src/octave-5.1.0/test 

> Can anyone try to rebuild the Octave package and let me know
> if the segfault during test is present or not in your system ?

The problem occurs the same way, here, running Win10 Pro 1909 fully 
updated (a.k.a. Version 10.0.18363.592), no extra AntiVirus running 
besides Defender.

> Be aware that build time is very long (~ 4 hours) and requires
> a ton of mathematical libraries.

The build itself completed in ~30 minutes, here ;-).  But then this is a 
fresh i9, 8-core, 16-thread box.

cygport install took ages to complete, though, because objcopy takes 
spectacularly long to strip those DLLs --- longer than it took to build 
the whole package! And it does them one at a time.  That could profit 
from some parallelization.

So while I waited, I decided to try it with the distributed octave.exe 
It passes the critical tests without issue.

Next step, after cygport inst is done: run the test with the executable 
in cygport's "inst" directory (to bypass libtool): Success, again!

So I tried running the test via libtool, i.e. the run-octave script. 
And boom it goes.

So re-run it in gdb, via libtool (run-octave -g ...).  Still crashes, 
but I didn't manage to get around the SIGSEGV handler in octave.  It 
always caught the SEGV before gdb managed to get there.

So my finding, so far, would be that this is related to libtool.  Maybe 
some update to Windows broke the way libtool interacts with 
not-quite-finished executables...

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