it keeps crashing and I don't know why

David Benfell benfell at
Fri Aug 8 13:27:43 UTC 2014

Hi all,

This is on my new server. I seem to have made a couple mistakes that I
know about.

First, I followed the default installation in only creating a 4GB swap
partition. It has 16GB of memory. I'm not getting crash dumps. (Not
that I have any idea how to deal with a crash dump once I have one.)

Second, I went to 10/stable rather than sticking with 10/release.
10/stable seems fine (except for booting) on my notebook. But I have
no idea why this server keeps crashing.

It does not crash at predictable intervals. It will sometimes go
several hours without crashing. Sometimes it only goes a few minutes.

The network seems somehow involved. Sometimes--not always--it will
hang rather than reboot. When it does this, it also hangs the network
for everybody who's on it, not just the server itself. All I have to
do is unplug the ethernet cable and plug it back in: Then it will--I
guess--do its panic and reboot.

But there is no clue that I know where to find in the logs. It's ugly.
Databases get corrupted. Sometimes fsck needs to be run manually.

Also, ipfw doesn't start properly and I have to run the script
manually. This baby can't be left unattended.

I'm thinking I need 1) to revert to release; and 2) increase the swap
allocation. The latter would entail shrinking the root partition to
allow for an increase in the swap partition (this is GPT).

This requires a reinstallation, right?

David Benfell <benfell at>
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