Subject: Re: i386 1.4Q hangs nonrandomly?
To: None <>
From: maximum entropy <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/27/2000 04:44:32
On Tue, 25 Jan 2000 20:23:39 -0500 (EST) I wrote:

>My next stupid hypothesis is that softdeps are to blame.  I'll disable
>them and see if that helps.

Well, I disabled softdeps, and got about 24 hours uptime under
"normal" usage conditions.

Then I started stressing it, and under a very heavy load I got a

When it hung I was running: "make -j 12 build" in /usr/src; "make
build" in /usr/xsrc; screen; top; irc; emacs; StarOffice attempting to
load a 4 megabyte RTF file; a full filesystem dump under Amanda;
Netscape with about 20 browser windows open; xconsole; an assortment
of xterms.

The system happily chugged away for about 3 hours like this, then
locked up solid.  

I'm totally out of ideas now...