crash in config.guess on Power Mac G5 under Mac OS X 10.4.6

Daniel Lord daniellord at
Thu May 18 16:53:36 CEST 2006

On May 18, 2006, at 2:30, Torbjorn Granlund wrote:
> Bizarre.  How can such naughty behaviour be avoided?

As for the behavior, it is common in Windows too: Windows also puts  
up a dialog when an application process fails. Windows provides two  
options, IIRC, to send a report or not.
Apple's gives three: send a report, reopen the app, or cancel, i.e.  
do nothing. But thats not the real issue here I propose.

If this a true crash as opposed to 'configure' just failing which it  
certainly sounds to be the case, then I strongly suspect this is a  
system problem not a gmp problem.
I have _never_  in building UNIX libs and tools on OS X since 10.1,  
some 5 years, encountered a shell 'crash' from configure--failed  
build commonly but a crash--never.
That's very strange and I think not an issue with gmp or configure/ 
gcc/ make/etc. at all. Crashes can only occur in system/protected  
mode and memory space in the kernel and that means a system problem.  
I cannot conceive of how gmp configurations used by the developer  
tools could be causing a crash unless there is a serious system problem.


"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless  
that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as  
though it had
an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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