cron and vfork
cswiger at mac.com
Mon Aug 23 08:46:48 PDT 2004
Malcolm Kay wrote:
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> The presence of a problem became evident when when I was
> unable to log into the machine Monday morning, neither from
> a console or through ssh on the LAN. At the console it puts up
> a login prompt and accepts the name entry but that is all --
> no password prompt and no further activity. I've had to reboot
> the machine with a brutal physical reset.
Your description sounds somewhat like the machine ran out of virtual memory,
or possibly some other critical resource like process table slots. Run top
continuously for a few days and see what you see, or consider fancier
monitoring capabilities from ports.
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