Subject: server locking up
To: None <>
From: Mark Davies <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/06/2006 23:27:09
One of our file servers (running 3.99.11) has started locking up every couple 
of days.  It gets into a state where any process will run fine until it tries 
to access the disk at which point it stops responding.  Updating the kernel 
to a current from a couple of weeks ago makes no difference.
I've had zero luck in tracking down whats causing this.
However I set up an external-mode watchdog to panic the machine if a loop of
	sleep 20; ls -l /a/local/directory > /dev/null ; wdogctl -t
failed to tickle the watchdog for a minute, so I now have a core dump from 
such a panic.  I'd like some suggestions on what to look for/how to poke at 
this core dump to try to find whats happening.