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Bug 22378 - bad system date/time causes e2fsprogs infinite ./configure loop
Summary: bad system date/time causes e2fsprogs infinite ./configure loop
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: Highest minor (vote)
Assignee: Brandon Low (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-06-06 20:57 UTC by mike wakerly
Modified: 2003-09-30 12:27 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description mike wakerly 2003-06-06 20:57:38 UTC
Here's an interesting one.. The clock battery for one of my machines died, and
since I rarely look at the clock on the machine, I'd not really noticed.

Having a bad date/time (Dec 31 1998 was mine) caused the e2fsprogs ebuild to
loop endlessly in the configure stage -- I suspect this was because it thought
it needed to do some updating, but I've lost the output.

I marked this as minor, because having an outdated clock is generally known as A
Bad Thing, but since I'd never seen this behaviour before, thought it was at
least worth a minor bug report. I'll see if I can find anything specific to the
e2fsprogs build, but I'm not too familiar with Automake tools.. Evidently, other
builds worked just fine.

Comment 1 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2003-09-30 12:27:56 UTC
there are many packages that'll exhibit this behavior since it's a feature
of autotools to check timestamps and update appropriately ...

perhaps you should look into the ntp-client script ?