5.4-STABLE hangs every few days

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Sat Mar 4 23:43:00 UTC 2006

On Sat, Mar 04, 2006 at 04:14:41PM -0700, Brad Waite wrote:
> I'm running 5.4-STABLE on a dual Xeon Tyan i7500 which is freezing up 
> every few days.  I'm still fighting with my box to find out where my 
> problem is.  I would appreciate any pointers to diagnose and/or fix 
> this.  I can't find anything on the lists or in the handbook on this 
> level of troubleshooting.
> I've got INVARIANTS support turned on, but I can't tell any difference 
> between that and the non-INVARIANTS kernel.  When I break into the 
> debugger there's no locks or lockedvnods and I can't see anything that 
> *looks* wrong in the threads or processes.
> Rebooting every few days is worse than an NT server!
> How do I determine if it's a hardware issue, namely RAM or CPU?  Can 
> breaking into the debugger tell me that, or do I have to start swapping 
> pieces out?
> Any help appreciated.

It might be worth just upgrading to 6.1 since a) Performance is likely
to be better, and b) Many bugs are fixed, possibly including yours.

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