Subject: Weird rlogin crash just now...
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Kevin P. Neal <email@example.com>
Date: 06/16/2001 23:59:16
I just had an odd experience. I'm bringing my boxes back up
after a particularly nasty thunderstorm (gotta love tropical
storms, or whatever they callthem). My main Alpha is up and I
had just gotten my PC (the only working X server in the house)
I logged into the Alpha ("tome") from the PC ("stopgap") with
rlogin in one of my xterms. Got a password prompt, typed my
password, and was in. No big deal.
Then I tried rlogin from the other xterm on screen. As I was doing
this Netscape was in the process of starting, so the computer was
groaning in agony as I was trying to use rlogin. This is what
stopgap% rlogin tome
rlogin: Undefined PLT symbol "read" (reloc type = 7, symnum = 30)
My terminal must have been in a weird state because return produced
more prompts from my shell but no newlines or carriage returns were
printed. Fine. I can type rlogin blind. So I did. I got a password
prompt, entered my password, and was in.
Just as I was finishing this email I had this pop up in the problem
xterm (with a few extra lines for context):
888 d88' `88b `888P"Y88bP"Y88b d88' `88b
888 888 888 888 888 888 888ooo888
888 . 888 888 888 888 888 888 .o
"888" `Y8bod8P' o888o o888o o888o `Y8bod8P'
You have mail.
tome% Login timed out after 300 seconds
rlogin: connection closed.
Oh, my latest rlogin (you know, the one that worked) is still logged
in and working fine.
So, right now I'm not even sure which machine puked: the server or the
client. And I've never seen rlogin on either platform crash with PLT
errors, so I have no idea what caused that.
Kevin P. Neal http://www.pobox.com/~kpn/
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