A segmentation fault (often shortened to segfault) or bus error occurs when the hardware notifies a Unix-like Operating system about a memory access violation.

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Will Linux start killing my processes without asking me if memory gets short?

I was running a shell script with commands to run several memory-intensive programs (2-5 GB) back-to-back. When I went back to check on the progress of my script I was surprised to discover that some ...
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Running application ends with “Segmentation Fault”

I have a command line application that when run does not do what it is supposed to do and at a certain point leaves the message: Segmentation fault What does this mean? What should I do?
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Segmentation fault when trying to run glxgears via virtualGL

(Follow-up on How to efficiently use 3D via a remote connection?) I installed the amd64 package on the server and the i386 one on the client. Following the user's guide I run this on the client: ...
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How could running strace be fixing my OpenGL issue?

Since a recent major upgrade to my distribution (PLD Linux), I have been having trouble with a whole slew of programs. As best I can tell, anything that touches OpenGL or PulseAudio segfaults. I'm ...
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Piping output from a segfaulting program

I have a script that calls a program (specifically, ttf2afm, part of tetex 3.0) that sometimes segfaults and sometimes doesn't. The information I need is always printed out before it segfaults, but ...
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.dtors looks writable, but attempts to write segfault

This is Ubuntu 9.04, 2.6.28-11-server, 32bit x86 $ cat test.c main() { int *dt = (int *)0x08049f18; *dt = 1; } $ readelf -S ./test ... [18] .dtors PROGBITS 08049f14 000f14 000008 ...
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How can I trap a program that returns 139 (segmentation fault) in bash?

I have a bash script that tests some programs and one of the program returns Segmentation fault so I tried to add a trap in the head of my script: trap "echo 'segfault occured!'" SIGSEGV That ...
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Unkillable apache2 processes

After upgrading from debian lenny to squeeze (apache2 2.2.16-6+squeeze4 and php 5.3.10-1~dotdeb.1), my apache processes started to exit with segmentation fault. It happens every 5-30 minutes (for 1 ...
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Are there “esoteric” (weird) but standards-compliant C compilers or runtimes?

As we know, the C standard does not specify a lot of details of the implementation, for example value of NULL pointer, order of bits and bytes (endiannes), alignment in structs and of stack ...
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Is there a way to find out which program is segfault-ing?

I have a Busybox/Linux system where a mystery program is segfaulting rarely. Is there a way to find which program is doing this?
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Does segfaults mean bad memory

This is a brand new server with a new install and fresh compile of Apache/PHP with nothing crazy. Just a WordPress site hosted and I get the following. Could this just mean bad RAM? If so how can I ...
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Kernel segmentation fault (core dumped), how to diagnose? [closed]

I have a fedora 13 x64 box I use at home for a storage server. I use sshfs to mount my music from home and listen at work, I run my irssi client in screen on it for freenode communication and lately ...
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Segmentation fault (core dumped) when try to run iptables rhel6

Im currently trying to set up a mySQL replication and i dont have a /etc/sysconfig/iptables. So I tried to install it with yum install. It showed the following output. Installed Packages Name ...
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new distros cause segmentation fault of old binary

I have an elderly (~1999) and unfortunately commercial graphic program that runs perfectly OK on systems with gcc up to 3.4.6 (CentOS 4.8). However, in all distributions based on gcc 4.* that I've ...
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Issue with zsh segfaulting: how to further assess the issue?

I'm using Linux arch 3.15.2-1-ARCH x86_64. I don't use zsh (zsh-5.0.5-1) every day, otherwise I would have noticed it segfaults, when I launch it from the bash cli: arch kernel: zsh[2187]: segfault ...
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sigaction(7): semantics of siginfo_t's si_code member

I've got a long-running program (becomes a daemon with daemon(3) call) that exits on Signal 11 (Segmentation Violation) every so often. I can't tell why. So, I wrote a SIGSEGV handler, set using the ...
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Startx Segmentation fault error after installing VirtualGuest Additions for Virtualbox

I have been using my backtrack version 5 on the Virtualbox for some time now but I had a resolution problem and after searching found out I better install VirtualGuest additions. However after ...
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Segfault everywhere even when reinstalling the OS

Lately my PC keeps getting segmentation fault, everywhere, on almost every apps (thunderbird, firefox, chromium, google-chrome, wine, byobu) here's the last few output of dmesg: [ 1474.815026] ...
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Why is badblocks segfaulting?

I am trying to check a mounted partition to see if the drive has errors: [root@virtuality ~]# /sbin/badblocks -v /dev/sdb1 Segmentation fault Uh oh. What does this mean? Why is badblocks ...
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Should I be worried? Segfaults reported in syslog when merging LVM snapshot (reverting the original back to the snapshot)

I was just experimenting with snapshots in LVM on Ubuntu 12.10. I created a snapshot logical volume of 6.5 GiB, and after making some changes to the origin decided to merge the snapshot back in to ...
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Getting segmentation faults from inside glib and gobject - I THINK I want to build/statically link against an independant version of glib2

I don't yet fully understand how segfaults and backtraces work, but I get the impression that if the function at the top of the list references "glib" or "gobject", you have Bad Issues(TM) with ...
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What Causes Maintenance Shell Segmentation Fault?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr in a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 R2. I've stopped the VM, replaced an EXT4-formatted virtual disk volume (/dev/sdb) with a new ...
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Random application crashes in Linux

Sometimes after booting my computer, some applications fail to start: they crash. They're usually the largest ones, such as firefox, thunderbird or virtualbox. Rebooting or cleaning the cache usually ...
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sox segmentation fault

My attempt to record sound with sox on Raspberry PI fails: pi@raspberrypi ~/tmp $ rec new.wav Segmentation fault And so does play: pi@raspberrypi ~/tmp $ play test.wav Segmentation fault Yet it ...
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Segfault on a debian server

We moved our retail software to new hardware (we passed from an IBM x3200 with SATA 7200rpm disks to an IBM x3200 with SAS 15000rpm disks) but after a few days with no problem at all we keep getting ...
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Segmentation Fault on execution [closed]

I am getting this segmentation fault (core dumped) error on excecuting my c++ program on Centos. I am compiling my code using g++. Everything was executing fine for hours. Suddenly, on executing the ...
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chroot segfault

I've been trying to create a LXC container (lxc create) but at the end I get these messages: W: Failure trying to run: chroot /var/cache/lxc/debian/wheezy_armhf.partial mount -t proc proc /proc W: ...
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Segmentation fault with dialog

I'm getting a segmentation fault with the following script when it's more that one child dir past the pwd. The program kills with the error message and I have to reset the shell. For example: I start ...
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Debian segfault in libc2.7

I am running a test on my machine in which I assigned a lot of IPs to some tap interfaces (created by me before the test) on my debian machine and tried to run curl commands with the source being ...
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ld-2.14 segfaulting on KDE launch in ArchLinux

I just installed ArchLinux and then KDE. It was all working fine. After a reboot, KDE simply refuses to starts. Whenever I login using KDM, it shows the KDE splash screen.. and before the second icon ...
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Debian Segmentation Fault

After editing .bashrc I had "Segmentation fault" as an error. This is what I added to bashrc: if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then source ~/.bashrc fi # If not running interactively, don't do anything [ -z ...
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segfault in libgnutls - Debian won't complete boot

this problem occurs on Debian jessie x86 with systemd. It leads to an incomplete boot sequence on init 2 because network-manager won't start. it leaves the whole system unusable NetworkManager[785]: ...
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VLC Segfault with WMV files

I tried to play a regular WMV video with VLC and it exits with a segmentation fault for some reason. I checked if this happens with any other video file formats, but it doesn't it's specifically to do ...
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Imagemagick segmentation-fault

I statically compiled Imagemagick. Converting images works well so far. But when I run identify -list delegate it shows my delegates, but then exits with "Aborted (core dumped)". Here is the strace ...
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ARM LXC Container template

I've been trying to run LXC on an ARM architecture (arm6l - Raspberry Pi) but with no luck. After some research, I found that maybe trying to run a x86 template on my ARM was causing the problem (bash ...
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PHP appears to be encountering segfault when using finfo_file method

I have encountered a strange bug. When trying to determine mime type of file using Fileinfo (http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.finfo-file.php) extension, PHP (or Apache? see below.) is appearing ...
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Steam Launch Segfault on Arch (steam.sh line 704)

Launching Steam on Arch Linux crashes with the error: /home/matthew/.local/share/Steam/steam.sh: line 704: 4013 Segmentation fault (core dumped) $STEAM_DEBUGGER "$STEAMROOT/$/PLATFORM$/STEAMEXE" ...
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Segmentation fault while doing `sudo su -`

I am getting a segmentation fault error while doing sudo su - or sudo su - username in Linux Server (RHEL 4.7). Can any one help me resolve this issue? Linux server (RHEL 4.7) is a LDAP client.
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Segmentation fault in libGL.so.1

A while back I posted a question about running a 32 bit app in Debian Wheezy 64 bit Thanks to @JosephR I was able to run it without the nasty could not find libGL.so.1 error. Now, however, the app ...