[Centos] CentOS 3.1 kernel crashes

Fri Jul 9 17:53:51 UTC 2004
C.M. Connelly <cmc at math.hmc.edu>

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"SMJ" == Shawn M Jones <smj at littleprojects.org>

    SMJ> Greetings everyone, I've got a problem with my fileserver
    SMJ> running CentOS 3.1.  The kernel seems to crash about once
    SMJ> a day (inevitably when I'm not present), forcing me to
    SMJ> reboot.  This behavior started after I applied the new
    SMJ> kernel patch (2.4.21-15.0.3.EL.c0).

    SMJ> There is nothing useful in /var/log/messages and the only
    SMJ> reason I know when it crashes is due to my fetchmail log.

    SMJ> Has anyone else seen anything like this?  Did I patch too
    SMJ> soon?

My workstation (running the new kernel) did something similar
yesterday -- I left my office, came back a while later, and the
screen was blank.  I wasn't able to switch to a VC or log in
remotely (the system was pingable, and the first chunk of an SSH
connection would succeed, but not complete).  I was forced to
power cycle.

What seemed to be the same problem happened to our main file
server, still running RHL9 with kernel 2.4.20-31.9smp, the day
before.  With no X, I was able to type a username at the login:
prompt, but never got a password prompt.  The machine behaved
similarly with ssh connections.

There was nothing obvious in the logs.  I could figure out roughly
when the crash happened because nothing appeared in the logs after
that time.


  Claire Connelly                              cmc at math.hmc.edu 
  Systems Administrator                          (909) 621-8754   
  Department of Mathematics                 Harvey Mudd College

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