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Update on corrupted working copies

From: Kevin Pilch-Bisson <kevin_at_pilch-bissol.net>
Date: 2001-10-31 18:03:00 CET

It would appear that my computer has developed a hardware or software problem
unrelated to subversion.

Here is what I have seen so far.

1) I often ssh into my box from remote locations. For the last week or
so my connections have been dropped due to corrupted packets. At first
I thought this was due to some new routers and switches installed on the
network I connect from, but now I am not so sure.

2) Last night and tonight, I have had a large (about 20), number of
1 bit errors in files, and a couple of 2 and 3 bit errors.

3) These bit errors occur in both my text-base and in my working copy.

4) I just tried to do a checkout and it barfed because the reponse had
non-matching tags. Why were they non-matching? Because the closing
tag had a on bit error in the tag name.

I am currently running the memtest program, trying to see if my ram is a problem
but I am not sure it will work since it can only test 67 of 128MB of physical
ram in my system.

This has led me to beleive that either 1) I have bad ram, or 2) I have a bug
in my Linux 2.4.7 networking stack. I am tempted to think that it is 2), since
I haven't had any programs crash unexpectedly from jumping to the wrong address
or anything, so I guess my next step is to build a 2.4.12 kernel, and hope
my system becomes happier.

Other suggestions welcome. :)

Kevin Pilch-Bisson                    http://www.pilch-bisson.net
     "Historically speaking, the presences of wheels in Unix
     has never precluded their reinvention." - Larry Wall

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