> export PATH=/usr/local/teTeX/bin/i686-pc-linux-gnu:$PATH
...
> TEXMFMAIN ``/usr/local/teTeX/bin/i686-pc/share/texmf'' seems to have

Whow. Cool. Can you please
  $ kpsewhich -expand-var='$SELFAUTOLOC -- $SELFAUTODIR -- $SELFAUTOPARENT'

I, for example, get the following output:
  /x/t/i/teTeX/bin/i586-pc-linux-gnu -- /x/t/i/teTeX/bin -- /x/t/i/teTeX

You should get
  /usr/local/teTeX/bin/i686-pc-linux-gnu -- /usr/local/teTeX/bin -- /usr/local/teTeX

> # rpm -q glibc
> glibc-2.2-5
> 
> I'll be glad to debug this---if you give me some pointers.

This glibc is a very recent version. So, the rest of your system is
likely to be very "bleeding edge", too?

Well, I suspect that we run into some compiler bug here...

Thomas

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