Way OT: How long does your box run for?
wmoran at potentialtech.com
Fri Sep 3 07:55:13 PDT 2004
Andy Holyer <andyh at hhbb.co.uk> wrote:
> The other day I was explaining something to my boss (a suit), and I
> mentioned that a FreeBSD box would easily run for a year or more. "Oh",
> he said, "and then you've got to reboot it?". I explained that
> generally some upgrade comes along that reqwuires a reboot, but I
> realized that I don't know how long a box would stay up in the maximum.
> So, come on, this should be fun, what's the biggest uptime you've ever
> had for a BSD box?
Aside from various uptime projects like the ones David commented on, it's
generally not practical to go for long uptimes, for exactly the reasons
My desktop generally maxes out at about 30 days uptime. Something comes
up about once a month that causes me to reboot it. Sometimes it's as
simple as a few days off from work, and I turn the computer off.
Most of the servers I manage (which are all intended for 24/7 access)
see about 3 months between reboots. That's an average. Some servers
are more aggresively updated than others, and are rebooted more often.
The fun part (for me) is that this is all _scheduled_ downtime. For
the potentialtech.com server (for example) has about 3 hours of
unscheduled downtime since Jan 1. And that downtime is the result
of a failed UPS at the colo facility. It has 0 unscheduled downtime
due to software issues.
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