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Re: Unknown cause of server crash or overload



>Good evening,
>
>On 15/1/03 at 8:54 PM, Keith Mastin <kmastin beechtree ca> wrote:
>
>>>It's an RPM installed kernel from RHN. Should I still be concerned about a bad
>>>kernel?
>>
>>yes. there have been some bugs in recent kernels that have caused a lot of 
>>inexplicible behavior that upgrades or downgrades have fixed. Most notable 
>>recently have been some of the smp kernels. I usually wait about 2 weeks 
>>before applying new kernels after they get released, or hand-roll my own 
>>in the meantime if its a big security hole that needs fixing
>
>Are there any known problems with the following kernel that I should be aware
>of? (I subscribe to the redhat-watch-list and RHN Errata Alert list.)
>
>  Linux version 2.4.18-18.7.x (bhcompile bugs devel redhat com) (gcc version 
>  2.96 20000731 (Red Hat Linux 7.3 2.96-112)) #1 Wed Nov 13 20:29:30 EST 2002
>
>The latest update is "RHBA-2002:292" but that only lists bug-fixes which don't
>seem to apply to my system.

you might have found something for the kernel developers to play with...

>>>I'm going to change to more verbose logging. I will also be setting up remote
>>>syslogs (syslogd), but it is a *remote* machine so I don't want to overdo the
>>>logging.
>>
>>you can also set up syslogd to log to a different location within the same 
>>server. When I need to do verbose looging and space is a factor, then I 
>>generally log to a file in one of the storage filesystems. I dunno if you 
>>have space in another area on the box, but if you do this might help.
>
>My thoughts exactly, and yes I do have a large partition I can temporarily use
>for that.
>
>>Right off the top of my head, since you've ruled out 1 and 3, I suspect 
>>the kernel is not playing nicely with the other kids
>
>I'll start logging as much as I practically can, and hope the problem shows
>itself.
>
>Thanks,
>Charlie
>
good luck





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