Oddness with 2.0.29...

Edward S. Marshall (emarshal@common.net)
Thu, 22 May 1997 16:18:28 -0500 (CDT)

Just had a rather disturbing experience with 2.0.29...

One of our machines here had been running smoothly for about 3-4 weeks,
when suddenly one of our user's processes hung, and couldn't be killed.
Period. The process simply wouldn't die.

The problem came in when we tried to shutdown the system to resolve the
problem. The process was holding a few files open on one of the
partitions, and as such, it wasn't possible to unmount the partition
cleanly, which meant a bit of data loss at reboot.

Two questions:

a) Has anyone seen this before, or is this an isolated incident?

b) Any suggestions for handling the problem? Does 2.0.30 have any
additions or fixes which might affect the situation we had?

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