Strange crash (BUG?) !!!

David Taylor (
Sun, 09 Aug 1998 14:37:38 +1000


I had an extremely strange crash(-ish) while I was away from my PC.  I
was inside AfterStep and connected to my ISP.  The following
applications were open: TkDesk, Netscape Navigator, and Netscape Mail &
Discussions, as well as wmmon, wmifs, wmppp, wmcdplay, asmixer, wharf,
and pager (as a module from autoexec).

While I was in another room I heard my modem re-dial.  I returned to my
room to see why it was re-dialing.  To my surprise AfterStep had
disappeared (all the apps as well) and in its place was ugly old FVWM! 
I hit Alt+F7 ... the only message there was that a SIGPIPE had occurred,
nothing else, no more information than that.

In ~/.AfterStep-errors I found 408,350 lines containing "heyho!" ... now
what the $%@# is that?!!!  Then the next 10 lines were "/usr/bin/play:
/dev/audio: Device or resource busy", and then the last line was
"xterm:  fatal IO error 32 (Broken pipe) or KillClient on X server

Everything is fine now ... I hope.  But I can't for the life of me
figure out what went wrong, or why sounds were trying to play (and
failing) while I was away from the PC.  Any ideas/consolations?

BTW, I am using w/ RedHat 5.0.

PS.  A comment to the coders: "heyho! is not a very intuitive error

David Taylor

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