I'm trying to create a directory in my home directory but the shell itself keeps crashing. I have permission to write to the directory. I am able to create files in the directory via touch. I can create directories in csh. When I try with bash, I get a fairly large core dump (~59M), but because bash is the binary the backtrace is not very helpful (just lots of "execute_command_internal()" calls). The name of the directory I'm creating doesn't seem to matter. I can try in other directories and I get the same strange behavior. I can use su to emulate another user who can create directories in my directory (once I've set the permissions to allow that), but I can't do it myself without bash crashing. I have tried rebooting the machine.
I am really baffled. Does anyone have any thoughts on what this could be or further things I can do to troubleshoot it?
Xubuntu 14.04, Bash 4.3.11(1)-release
The command is just
mkdir a or something similar.
ldd /bin/mkdir yields:
linux-vdso.so.1 => (0x00007ffff55fd000) libselinux.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libselinux.so.1 (0x00007fadc606a000) libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x00007fadc5ca4000) libpcre.so.3 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcre.so.3 (0x00007fadc5a65000) libdl.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 (0x00007fadc5861000) /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007fadc62ab000)