Re: Debian crashes: sw, hw or malicious hacker/virus problems?
Björn Elwhagen <email@example.com> writes:
> Please check the mailing list archives. If i don't remember wrong
> i've heard about a package that breaks after a certain time, a bug
> that is resolved now. I don't remember which package it was but you
> could at least try to find something about it.
> On Mon, Oct 23, 2000 at 08:57:59AM +0200, Jean Orloff wrote:
> > 1) My problem:
> > I have happily used debian since 1995 (0.93R6 if I recall?). But
> > since I installed 2.1 on my new PC at work, about a year ago, that
> > machine undergoes about a crash per month in average. Nothing to
> > scare a windblows user, of course, but unbearable for someone who
> > knows this should not be so. Especially as these crashes are
> > unrecoverable: screen frozen, mouse/keyboard frozen (no vt
> > switching nor clean reboot possible) and even no access from
> > outside through the network. Thus no alternative to the brutal
> > power switchoff, with subsequent fsck'ing of the whole disk.
Do you know the magic sysrq keys? Support must be compiled into the
> > When does this happen? Always with a heavy load (2-3 users on a
> > 128Mb pentium 400, each with several windows, netscape, emacs etc
> > + some compilation or latex2html going on); always with at least
> > one remote ssh login. I also sometimes had the impression of the
> > mouse freezing temporarily before the total crash, but you know
> > how short time causality can be violated in the human brain.
I had exactly the same symptoms here (P-133, custom 2.2.17, potato,
helix-gnome). Hasn't happened recently. Seems to have been a SW issue,
and Bjoern is right. Or we're both hacked.