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
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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