buildworld actually crashed

Bill Moran wmoran at
Fri May 28 10:35:56 PDT 2004

Robert Downes wrote:
> During buildworld, I wandered off. When I returned, my machine was, 
> alarmingly, in single user mode, demanding that I run fsck manually.
> I'm running fsck right now, and it's finding all sorts of block size 
> errors, to which I'm simply hitting 'y' and agreeing that things should 
> be salvaged and corrected.
> Before running fsck, I had a look at the buildworld.out script that was 
> being written to during the buildworld process. I can't tell you exactly 
> what it says, but it definitely came to a stop in the middle of a 
> 'sentence' of output. I.e. it looks like my new machine (yeah, the 
> soon-to-be-fanless EPIA again) must have crashed during buildworld.
> What could cause buildworld to crash like that? I'm now worried that my 
> PSU board *was* damaged the other day. Is a damaged PSU the most likely 
> cause of this incident?
> All advice very welcome.

Not enough information here to be sure, but it sure sounds like a hardware

You might do well to try memtest86 and cpuburn on that machine for a while,
to see if you can track down a hardware problem.  Monitor the temperature
of the machine while doing so, could be that the cooling is inadequate.

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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