[conspire] Waah, my little server crashed...
biow at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 3 15:08:56 PST 2006
I have a little Debian Sarge machine that I generally leave on all the
time, a $107.00 VIA Samuel 2 Asus Terminator jobbie that does yeoman
work as my local http, ftp and file server, plus light desktop duties.
(It is a bit pokey despite 512 MB of SDRAM, so it isn't my preferred
workstation). But it is handy and very reliable, and hopefully goes
easy on the juice. This morning I tried to access it from another box
and it wasn't responding, so I went downstairs and, lo and behold it was
off. It booted up normally and I didn't see anything weird in dmesg.
Anyway, I'm trying to figure out why it shut down, whether it is a
failing component or a OS glitch or just a momentary lapse of power.
I figure the first place to look is /var/log, but I really don't know
where to look.
'messages' just has this record:
Nov 3 05:51:41 localhost -- MARK --
Nov 3 06:11:41 localhost -- MARK --
Nov 3 06:31:31 localhost syslogd 1.4.1#17: restart.
Nov 3 06:51:41 localhost -- MARK --
Nov 3 07:11:41 localhost -- MARK --
Nov 3 07:31:41 localhost -- MARK --
Nov 3 10:58:34 localhost syslogd 1.4.1#17: restart.
Nov 3 10:58:34 localhost kernel: klogd 1.4.1#17, log source =
So I gather the machine curled up its toes some time within 20 minutes
of 7:30 AM.
The last thing in syslog.0 was simply:
Nov 3 06:25:01 localhost /USR/SBIN/CRON: (root) CMD (test -x
/usr/sbin/anacron || run-parts --report /etc/cron.daily)
What are some other good places to look for clues as to why the system
Since the system is on all the time I'm thinking maybe the drive is
beginning to have problems, so I'd like to check drive integrity.
Should I check the hard drive surface using the proprietary utility that
came with my disk? Of should I reboot to a live CD and run something like:
fsck -t ext3 /dev/hdaX
Maybe I should complement that with a nice couple of hours round of
memtest, as well.smb
Or would the path of prudence be to just back up my data and hope it
doesn't happen again?
Thanks for the buckets of insights,
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