Segmentation Fault when running commands

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux


  • Some commands we type we are getting "segmentaion fault" in the console screen as a return.
  • successful commands:
cat, mount, df -h, id, scp
  • failed commands:
sosreport, rpm, ls
  • ls command in normal user
$ ls
Memory fault
  • running "ls" as root user gives the following
$ ls
Segmentation fault


Root Cause

  • Some libraries used by applications are still from older version while others are from newer version in glibc package. It happened as the package update was stopped in the middle of installation

Diagnostic Steps

  • Checking with ltrace where exactly it is crashing
$ ltrace -S -n 4 -Tttfs 1024 -o /tmp/ltrace_ls.out ls
  • Check if the libraries have the right permission and size
$ for i in `ldd /bin/ls | awk ' { print $3 } '`; do ls -l $i; done
  • Component
  • rpm

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