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Re: what's your Debian uptime?

I have a box at work that has an uptime of:

 12:32:00 up 1971 days, 18:32,  1 user,  load average: 1.00, 1.00, 1.00

On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM, David Parker <dparker@utica.edu> wrote:
I have a box running Etch that hasn't been rebooted in 1,589 days:

irp:~# uptime
 12:09:06 up 1589 days, 18:23,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.03

I swear this is real.  :-)

On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Vincent Lefevre <vincent@vinc17.net> wrote:
On 2013-04-20 19:24:00 -0600, Bob Proulx wrote:
> Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > That's theory. In practice, old machines get no longer supported...
> > I submitted a bug report (and a patch), but AFAIK the bug has never
> > been fixed. I upgraded everything except the kernel, without being
> > sure I could boot it again (udev incompatibilities...). That's why
> > the machine was no longer rebooted.
> And if you get into a situation where the machine reboots whether you
> desire it or not?  Power, cosmic ray hit, dead cooling fan, other?

It was a laptop, so that power wasn't a problem. A hardware failure
wuld have meant that the machine would be probably dead anyway (after
the last boot the laptop was already more than 8 year old). This is
actually what happened a few months ago: strange noises from the disk
and I/O errors...

> It happens. Even with UPS mains and redundant power supplies.
> Hardware doesn't last forever. Will it boot? If so then great. If
> not then you have a nasty problem to sort out and the machine is
> down until you do. I would rather know about it on my schedule
> rather than its schedule.

Even if there were a software problem, I wouldn't have wasting my
time to try to fix it for a machine that was almost no longer used
(mainly just for portability testing), in particular if the machine
couldn't boot.

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Dave Parker
Systems Administrator
Utica College
Integrated Information Technology Services
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