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Re: PG crashes MacOS 10.3.4

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Colin Stagner <cbs228(at)earthlink(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PG crashes MacOS 10.3.4
Date: 2004-07-29 16:38:26
Message-ID: 15120.1091119106@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Colin Stagner <cbs228(at)earthlink(dot)net> writes:
> At random intervals that seem to vary by database uptime and usage, a 
> COPY [table] FROM [file] statement involving maybe 20k - 80k rows 
> (larger amounts of data than I usually work with, but nothing the 
> server shouldn't be able to handle) will crash the machine. The screen 
> freezes, except for the mouse which freezes after about 30 seconds, and 
> the machine doesn't respond to keyboard or mouse input. Attempts to SSH 
> into the machine fail-- its not just the GUI locking up. The machine 
> must be cold-booted with the reset button.

As an unprivileged process, Postgres *cannot* crash the machine --- at
least not on sanely-written operating systems, and OS X qualifies.  A
system-wide lockup is either a hardware fault or a kernel bug.

My money is on an intermittent hardware problem.

			regards, tom lane

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