[rancid] Re: FreeBSD 7.0 + Expect 5.43.0 -- Do I need to patch expect?

Eric Cables ecables at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 19:25:29 UTC 2008

Are there any debugging options available to try and isolate the root cause
of the problem?  I could probably write up a shell script that finds hung
processes and kills them, but that's certainly not the best option. :-)

Eric Cables

On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 11:18 AM, john heasley <heas at shrubbery.net> wrote:

> Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 10:33:16AM -0800, Eric Cables:
> > I've been running into this problem quite frequently, about once a week
> or
> > so rancid will hang for no apparent reason, and until I kill the process
> it
> > will remain hung.  I've read in the archives that Linux & Solaris have a
> > problem with expect that requires a patch, but does this also include
> > FreeBSD?
> Yes, some combinations of recent tcl / expect seem to have trouble on fbsd.
> I'm not sure why, but the expect was pulled from distribution site for
> defects.  the problem is that rolling back (via ports) seems to resurrect
> an old problem which itself had been correct in ports by rolling back,
> I do not use freebsd and haven't had time to debug the problem.  ports is,
> imho, too anxious to move forward with new tcl/expect versions and both are
> too delicate for that.
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