FreeBSD 6.x CVSUP today crashes with zero load ...

Robert Watson rwatson at
Mon Jun 26 09:11:11 UTC 2006

On Sun, 25 Jun 2006, Pete French wrote:

>> 'k, I'm starting to get the impression that FreeBSD 6.x is evil ... at 
>> least as far as Dual-PIII servers are concerned ... on a machine that,
> I can't comment on your other problems - but I have a dual PIII server and 
> say a 30% performance increase when moving to 6.x over 5.x ... and it's been 
> rock solid. I only run releases on that box though, but it does perform 
> really nicely on PIII duals when you can get it stable. Seems a shame that 
> you are having so many problems.

I'm also running 6.x on several dual-PIII without problems.  An issue local to 
Marc's setup is definitely indicated.  Given the failure mode, I would be 
worried about a potential hardware issue, although subtle hardware and subtle 
system software problems are sometimes difficult to distinguish.

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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