it keeps crashing and I don't know why

Maxim V FIlimonov che at
Fri Aug 8 13:53:27 UTC 2014

On Friday 08 August 2014 06:27:35 David Benfell wrote:
> 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?

I had a similar problem: it gave a kernel panic at random moments. Packages 
got corrupted and so on. I ran memtest86+ and it found that all of my memory 
was broken. So I recommend to check the memory as it was said above. if you 
happen to check the memory, please wait till test 7: it might give you most of 
the errors.
wbr, Maxim Filimonov
che at

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