SUMMARY: Annoying Minor Problems

From: George Pallas (
Date: Thu May 27 1993 - 01:03:50 CDT

A much-overdue summary, but I wanted to try the suggestions before reporting
back to the net.

Problem #1 related to core files from in.consat. Patch 100272-05 appears
to fix this problem. Someone also suggested 100752-01, but it appeared to
be a fix for a problem I'm not having and since 100272 got rid of the core
files, I didn't apply 100752.

Problem #2 is defunct processes left by rpc.yppasswdd. Although I obtained
and installed the rpc.yppasswdd portion of 100564-05, it did not cure the
problem. Nor did altering the way I start rpc.yppasswdd as some suggested.

Thanks to all who responded: (Alain Brossard EPFL-SIC/SII)
<dsc@beno.CSS.GOV> David Comay (F. L. Charles Seeger III) (Brian J. Kennedy)
<gustavo@ece.concordia.CA> Gustavo Vegas (Glenn Satchell - Uniq Professional Services)

---------------------------- Original Query Below ----------------------------

> I regularly run across two problems that, while not earth shattering,
> do cause quite a bit of annoyance.
> Problem #1: /usr/etc/rpc.yppasswdd appears to get "stuck" leaving a
> defunct child process. My predecessor, noting that password changes
> didn't propogate properly, worked around the problem by having cron
> periodically remake the NIS password map. This appears to affect
> both 4.1.2 and 4.1.3.
> Problem #2: Almost every day I can count of finding a core file in
> /var/spool/mail from in.comsat. This seems to be limited to 4.1.3.
> Are there patches for these problems?

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