Re: kernel problems

Michael Elizabeth Chastain (
Wed, 13 May 1998 22:27:04 -0500

Hi Jeff,

The common thread here is that you can't run executable files on
your system.

Try this:

cd /usr/src/linux
mkdir x ; cd x
cat > hello.c << HERE
#include <stdio.h>
int main( )
printf( "hello, world\n" );
return 0;
cc hello.c
cd ..

You should be able to compile and run hello.c with any of these commands.

Things to try:

(1) Don't login as root. Blow away /usr/src/linux and install it as
a normal user in the user's home directory.

(2) Check your umask. Say 'umask' and check the first digit. If the
first digit is odd, that is your problem. Try 'umask 0'.

(3) Maybe you have some terminally bizarre file system configuration.

Try these things, gather up a report, and e-mail me.

Michael Chastain
"love without fear"

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