Subject: Re: hang during shutdown
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: maximum entropy <email@example.com>
Date: 09/11/1997 00:55:07
>From: matthew green <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>my observance of this bug is that (a) it's been around for a long time,
>and (b) it tends to happen more commonly if the nfs file systems are used
>more often. eg, a machine freshly booted is rather unlikely to hang in
>shutdown than one that's been up for a month.
>"a long time" above means "well over a year."
It may be that it has been around for a long time, but something
happened in the past month or so to make it worse. My diskless PC
hangs in this way almost every time now. I did notice that if I mount
an NFS filesystem and immediately dismount it, the system doesn't
hang. So up to a point my experience agrees wit yours in that it
needs to at least get some usage for the bug to be triggered, but the
amount of use that a system gets while booting to multiuser now seems
to be sufficient. During my testing in preparing my PR, all I was
doing was booting up the machine, then doing a shutdown -r now or a
shutdown now followed by umount /usr. No other activity at all, and
the hang occurred every time.
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