Subject: Re: ping ip or fully name, no short host names.
To: mel kravitz <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/30/2000 20:36:28
mel kravitz <> writes:
> I just updated my i386 laptop to latest sources and ping box1
> <-->
> no longer works, i get: Bad system call (core dumped)
> i can  ping , even though /etc/hosts file has been there
> since day one.
> what's up?

What's up is that you made the classic mistake -- you updated userland
without updating your kernel.

There is a new system call that your userland is expecting to be there
that your kernel isn't supplying.

You are lucky -- it could have been worse. People have been totally
unable to reboot from issues like this.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS build and install a new kernel first, and then the new