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From: Hemsley, Trevor (Trevor.Hemsley_at_atosorigin.com)
Date: Fri Nov 15 2002 - 12:18:25 CST
Hi SuSE people
Is it possible that you could either supply a fixed version of YOU or, alternatively and possibly better, open source it so that some of us can fix the bugs in it. It's now becoming almost impossible to use and practically amounts to a denial of service attack on a SuSE 7.1 machine on which it's run. It contains massive memory leaks and currently, with the number of patch description files available for 7.1 on the SuSE ftp site, it now allocates over 300MB RAM and then blows up if there isn't enough swap space available to handle this. For those of us with 64MB or 128MB machines it takes so long to run YOU that it's getting ridiculous. If you use ftp.suse.com as a source then by the time it's got the patch list downloaded, it's timed the ftp session out and it doesn't have any error recovery from this situation and you have to start all over again... and that's on a machine with 896MB RAM so it doesn't even hit swap at all!
I've also used it on 7.3 and it doesn't appear to be much better there either. On 8.0 it isn't quite as bloated so perhaps a backport of the fixes to 7.1/7.3 could be possible?
I'd be quite willing to fix the memory leaks if you'd care to make the source available to me. Just 'cos it's called y2bignfat doesn't mean it should be ;-)
And, yes, I'm aware of fou4s but I'm of the opinion that if a vendor supplies a tool with which to patch their distributions then it should actually work reliably!
This isn't intended to be a flame BTW, just in case it sounds like one!
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