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Old 10-31-2007
Unable to open files in VI editor

I unable to open any file using Vi editor,constantly getting the following error,

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vi log.log
*** glibc detected *** malloc(): memory corruption: 0x081af510 **
uname -a
Linux sekac092 2.6.5-7.244-bigsmp #1 SMP Mon Dec 12 18:32:25 UTC 2005 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

Also Note
ls -l /usr/bin/vi
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 3 2007-08-10 13:53 /usr/bin/vi -> vim*

Pls provide ur thoughouts

Nagarajan G

Last edited by ennstate; 10-31-2007 at 05:24 AM.. Reason: Note Added
# 2  
Old 10-31-2007
Can you open the file with other tools? can you "cat" or "tail" the file?
# 3  
Old 10-31-2007
Yes Am able to open the file with other tools(tail/cat) and problem is not associated with one file,its happening for all files.

Nagarajan G
# 4  
Old 10-31-2007
and did you upgrade the glibc library ? i now that an apt-get on debian will be sometimes upgraded when you install new packages.

Can can also try

export MALLOC_CHECK_=0
vi log.log

# 5  
Old 10-31-2007
Be sure that you have mounted all file system!
If the /var partition is not mounted you can not open any files with vi!
Best regards joerg
# 6  
Old 11-06-2007
Originally Posted by joerg
If the /var partition is not mounted you can not open any files with vi!
More general, when vi opens a file it first creates a backup copy in /var. If the space /var provides is not big enough to hold this copy vi will refuse/not be able to open it.

# 7  
Old 11-06-2007
I think i have space on the /var system
df -kh  /var
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda5              12G  6.4G  5.0G  57% /

Also i tried setting,
 setenv MALLOC_CHECK_ 0

But after this when i try open a file using vi,it never opens up and this hangs for ever.

More Info,
cat /etc/SuSE-release
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 (i586)

rpm -q glibc

Please let me know if there are alternatives,

Nagarajan G
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