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Fedora 18 killed all my processes when using 'make -j'

asked 2013-01-24 10:19:10 -0500

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updated 2013-01-24 11:44:23 -0500

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I was just compiling via make -j and X windows closed and put me back to the login prompt. I logged on as root and noticed that every single one of my user's processes were gone (including my virtual machines). Looks like they were all killed with -9, as object files that were in the middle of being written were corrupted. I logged back in, and started my build again (after cleaning up bad object files), and I started seeing making having problems forking, and X was basically frozen to input, with the mouse and screen only updating occasionally.

Never had any of these problems with F17, same hardware.

Anyone experiencing these kinds of issues with F18?


Turns out I had done "make -j" as someone had suggested, which I'd never done before. They had indicated that it would use up to make # of processors. But, man page says without argument, -j means no limit. Thus my crash.

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answered 2013-01-24 11:43:58 -0500

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I suggest posting your update as an answer and marking it accepted.... there's no problem with answering your own question. :)

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