Random Crashes

Russell Harmon russ@eatnumber1.com
Tue Jul 19 06:30:00 GMT 2011


For some time now, I've been getting random crashes from different
applications. Mostly, gvim, but zsh sometimes crashes too. In fact,
I've got a zsh script that if I add a blank line in a particular
place, it triggers a crash.

For zsh, it seems to happen fairly deterministically; if it's
crashing, it keeps crashing. If I add an empty line in the right spot,
it works and keeps working.
For gvim, it seems to happen randomly; often times even if gvim starts
successfully, it fails I assume after forking but before exec. I've
pasted the error printed when it fails below.

0 [main] gvim 3008 exception::handle: Exception: STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION
*** starting debugger for pid 3008, tid 6748

Coredumps for both zsh and gvim can be found at
http://files.eatnumber1.com/zsh.exe.core
http://files.eatnumber1.com/gvim.exe.core
These coredumps however weren't helpful to me. I've pasted my
interaction with gdb below so you can see why.

$ gdb -q -core gvim.exe.core
[New process 1]
[New process 0]
[New process 0]
#0  0x777efb8a in ?? ()
(gdb) bt
#0  0x777efb8a in ?? ()
(gdb) quit

Any thoughts on how I can debug this problem?
--
Russell Harmon

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