FreeBSD 6.2-PRE panic

Dominic Marks dom at
Fri Nov 24 06:33:31 PST 2006

On Fri, 24 Nov 2006 14:18:22 +0000 (GMT)
Robert Watson <rwatson at> wrote:

> On Fri, 24 Nov 2006, Dominic Marks wrote:
> >> It happened again last night (at almost exactly midnight). Several failures 
> >> seem to have coincided with crontab jobs and I have never had the system 
> >> crash while I was logged on the the system directly. Either I was logged in 
> >> over the net or was not logged in at all.
> >
> > Different experience from me. With a fresh kernel and the gnome daemons 
> > running I had an instant reboot, no core dump. Turning of polkitd and hald 
> > makes it go away reliably though.
> >
> > I intend to turn one of them back on to see if I can narrow it down further.
> >
> >> Due to the holiday (in the US), is did not have an opportunity to do 
> >> anything other then reboot it. I hope to have time to connect a laptop to 
> >> the console so I can record everything that happens to submit.
> >>
> >> This si clearly not a common problem. What hardware do you have? Mine is an 
> >> Athlon64-4400+ on an MSI mobo with 1GB of RAM.
> Is there an open PR on this problem currently?  I'm in the process of 
> reviewing my outstanding network PRs for 6.2 and I'm having trouble tracking 
> down all the pieces of this report.

Not from me. Summary of my issue is that if I run polkitd/hald
my 6.2 system will panic/reset every few hours. I setup a
serial console as you suggested but couldn't work out how to
get a serial console working in addition to my graphical
desktop. Since this is my desktop I had to give up at that

I've got debug kernel + core dumps which you can have but I
don't believe they are very useful, nobody expressed much of an
interest in them originally.

I don't think my issue is network related although I do have an
em NIC it has never given me any problems at all. I've just
enabled polkitd without hald, perhaps this will identify that
it is explicitly hald which makes my system so unhappy.


> Thanks,
> Robert N M Watson
> Computer Laboratory
> University of Cambridge
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