[SLL] RH 6.2-- shutdown -r now fails; reboot works
John W Baxter
jwblist at olympus.net
Mon Apr 2 18:35:11 EDT 2001
We either just had (on a rather troubled machine) the appearance of a
situation in which
shutdown -r now
failed (twice), whereas
"Failed" means that my SSH session from afar stayed connected, and the
machine otherwise stayed as alive as it was already.
"Appearance" means that a coincidence is possible: the first shutdown
might have been delayed by some problem process, or something like that,
and *happened* to do the actual reboot thing just as I typed reboot.
"Troubled" means that named was running but non-responsive...even after
having been restarted (as a canary, I keep a machine whose only name
service comes from the problem machine's name server, which is what alerted
me). Several other services were also seemingly unhappy, including a
little private web server which pumps out MRTG graphs.
The machine is running a fully-updated (AFAIK) RH 6.2, to which we've added
BIND 8.2.3 from RH's RPM. The machine had only been up for 35 days:
hardly out of diapers.
I have the boss (the Tripwire expert) looking into whether the shutdown
binary shows signs of compromise.
TIA for any insight into the shutdown thing.
John Baxter jwblist at olympus.net Port Ludlow, WA, USA
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