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When I say "broken", what happens is I get "Out of memory: Killed process x (procname)" which then repeats itself infinitely, killing any process which would load.

The data center says that they HAVE no boot discs capable of mounting the hard drive. This is utterly ridiculous, because the only option from here is to order the expensive OS reload. I'll never use Red Hat again.

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# Looks like your test died just after 2.
Test returned status 255 (wstat 65280, 0xff00)
DIED. FAILED tests 1-217
Failed 217/217 tests, 0.00% okay
all skipped: Test:od 1.00 required for testing POD
Failed Test Stat Wstat Total Fail List of Failed
t/000prereq.t 4 1024 6 4 1 3-4 6
t/01version.t 255 65280 2 3 1-2
t/03zlib-v1.t 255 65280 394 785 1-394
t/05examples.t 255 65280 ?? ?? ??
t/06gzsetp.t 255 65280 ?? ?? ??
t/08encoding.t 255 65280 16 31 1-16
t/14gzopen.t 255 65280 217 432 1-217
1 test skipped.
Failed 7/8 test scripts. 633/635 subtests failed.
Files=8, Tests=635, 1 wallclock secs ( 0.72 cusr + 0.27 csys = 0.99 CPU)
Failed 7/8 test programs. 633/635 subtests failed.
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/usr/bin/make test -- NOT OK
Running make install
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PMQS/Compress-Raw-Zlib-2.004.tar.gz : make NO
PMQS/IO-Compress-Zlib-2.004.tar.gz : make_test NO
PMQS/Compress-Zlib-2.004.tar.gz : make_test NO

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