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[bug #27757] findutils and Time Machine, two great tastes that don't go
[bug #27757] findutils and Time Machine, two great tastes that don't go great together
Mon, 19 Oct 2009 19:53:34 +0000
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Summary: findutils and Time Machine, two great tastes that
don't go great together
Submitted by: nessus
Submitted on: Mon 19 Oct 2009 07:53:33 PM GMT
Severity: 3 - Normal
Item Group: Wrong result
Assigned to: None
Discussion Lock: Any
Fixed Release: None
I complained about this problem to fink-users, but I was told that this is an
"upstream bug" and that I should report the bug here instead.
The findutils package adds an anacron job that runs a "find" over all your
filesystems in the wee hours of the morning in order to build the database for
"locate". Unfortunately, if you have installed findutils on Mac OS X and
happen to have a Time Machine disk mounted, it seems that the "find" job run
by anacron will likely crash your Mac.
I believe the reason for this is that Time Machine makes use of an
interesting HFS+ capability wherein you can make hard links to directories.
I'm guessing that Time Machine's extensive use of this feature causes "find"
to rampantly eat up some sort of system resource, which, when exhausted,
causes the system to crash.
Fink reports that version of findutils that I have installed is "4.2.20-7".
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