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I attempted to compile Postgres 7.0.2 on a computer
with OpenBSD 2.7 (Pentium 233 MHz, 32MB RAM).

The compile failed twice, both times on preproc.c, and
both times the computer completely locked up and
required a hard reset. No errors, no hard disk
thrashing, just a dead OpenBSD box. I'm curious if anyone
else has had a similar experience, or has a possible
fix.

I will only be using Postgres from perl (DBI) and
the command line utilities. Will I need the
src/interfaces/ecpg branch of the source?

I'm hesitant to attempt another compile of any version
because this isn't my computer and I've already
crashed it twice.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

- Kevin Worcester
kworces@surveyor.com
kworces@earthlink.net

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Kevin Worcester
Software Engineer
Surveyor Corporation

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  • The Hermit Hacker at Aug 24, 2000 at 1:34 am
    sounds like a purely hardware issue ... my first thought would be are the
    hard drive(s) lights on solid?
    On Wed, 23 Aug 2000, Kevin Worcester wrote:

    I attempted to compile Postgres 7.0.2 on a computer
    with OpenBSD 2.7 (Pentium 233 MHz, 32MB RAM).

    The compile failed twice, both times on preproc.c, and
    both times the computer completely locked up and
    required a hard reset. No errors, no hard disk
    thrashing, just a dead OpenBSD box. I'm curious if anyone
    else has had a similar experience, or has a possible
    fix.

    I will only be using Postgres from perl (DBI) and
    the command line utilities. Will I need the
    src/interfaces/ecpg branch of the source?

    I'm hesitant to attempt another compile of any version
    because this isn't my computer and I've already
    crashed it twice.

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    - Kevin Worcester
    kworces@surveyor.com
    kworces@earthlink.net

    --
    Kevin Worcester
    Software Engineer
    Surveyor Corporation
    Marc G. Fournier ICQ#7615664 IRC Nick: Scrappy
    Systems Administrator @ hub.org
    primary: scrappy@hub.org secondary: scrappy@{freebsd|postgresql}.org
  • Thomas Lockhart at Aug 24, 2000 at 4:29 am
    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
    I'm guessing that you are running out of memory and swap space on the
    compilation, but I don't know for sure. Or possibly you have some bad
    memory. You shouldn't otherwise be able to crash your machine from a
    user process.

    Anyway, you might try shutting down X11 (if you are running it), and in
    general try to strip the machine bare before doing the compilation. You
    might look for a package (port?) to install instead.

    - Thomas

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