October 21st, 2004

mandelbrot

adventures in unix

This post describes a little fun I had today with repairing a broken Linux system. One of my computers at home stopped working properly: Almost anything I tried to run gave a "fork: Resource temporarily unavailable" error. Read on for a tale of what you might call a shell game...

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The lesson learned from all this is that the shell built-in commands are just barely flexible enough to get you out of a pinch if you really need to. It certainly helped having a couple of other creative minds helping me with the problem too. Thanks guys!