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Warning: Workflow Attempts to Compress the Entire Filesystem
Authored by: forman on Aug 05, '05 02:01:12PM

I wanted to warn users that the default installation of this workflow on my system does a very bad thing. Specifically, the workflow attempts to create a gzipped tape archive (tgz) of my entire filesystem.

If this happens to you, open a terminal and run "top -ocpu -R -F -s 2 -n30". You'll see two processes one called "gzip" and the other "gtar". Find their process numbers and kill them ("kill [gzip PID] [gtar PID]"). You'll then need to delete the massive tgz file hiding in the root directory. It's called "/..tgz". You can delete it by typing "rm /..tgz".

If I find the cause and solution to this strange behavior, I'll post it.

Michael.



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Warning: Workflow Attempts to Compress the Entire Filesystem
Authored by: forman on Aug 05, '05 02:16:37PM
As was stated above, I had to change the shell to "/bin/sh" to get it to work. I had tried that previously without success, although now I wonder if I saved or not. :)

Michael.

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Warning: Workflow Attempts to Compress the Entire Filesystem
Authored by: anamexis on Aug 05, '05 06:32:28PM
You could also just do
killall gzip gtar
instead of the two commands.

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Warning: Workflow Attempts to Compress the Entire Filesystem
Authored by: forman on Aug 06, '05 10:22:12PM

I rarely use "killall" as it will kill all processes with the matching procname running as the current user. Granted it's quicker and the probability of problem is small but the same thing can be said about "rm" without the "-i" flag (and I know everyone has "rm" aliased to "rm -i"). :)

Michael.



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