old redhat box suddenly acting up

Todd Denniston Todd.Denniston at ssa.crane.navy.mil
Mon Jul 28 19:25:56 UTC 2008

kalin m wrote, On 07/28/2008 02:13 PM:
> i have this old redhat 7.2 box that suddenly started to act up. it 
> restarts all the time and there is nothing in the log but this:
> Jul 23 03:06:25 grande syslogd 1.4.1: restart.
> Jul 23 03:06:25 grande syslog: syslogd startup succeeded
> something somewhare has changed but i can't figure it out. the only 
> things running on that box are httpd, dns and ftp but there is nothing 
> in those logs that can point to something interesting...
> where do i look?
> thanks...

Off the cuff... try to issue:

grep initdefault /etc/inittab

of course you'll be doing that from a rescue disk, unless you can get it to 
boot into single user mode, and it'll look more like:
grep initdefault /sysimage/etc/inittab

Also watching the screen as it boots may give some other clues, but you may 
need to disable rhgb to see them.

BTW, please tell us that you don't have a box that out of date reachable from 
the raw internet.

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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