Problems in 2.1.100

Tim Harman (
Thu, 21 May 1998 16:53:09 +1000 (EST)


My System:

K6 200
2.1gig IDE HardDrive
Spacewalker HOT-603 Motherboard with 1024k Cache
Uptime: 4days

The problem that I first noticed was that I was unable to su, it just jung
after I entered the password (correct or otherwise).

Then I noticed that I could not log in at all. I could telnet to the
machine, and it would connect, but I would not get a login prompt. At the
console I got the prompt fine, but apon entering a username/password, it
just hung (as su had)

An ifconfig could hang too, and when I pressed control-c, it would return
with the following message:

kmod: waitpid(4507,NULL,0) failed, returning -512

Also, I noticed that a lot of the telnet attempts that had hung were stuck
in WCHAN of unix_stream_connect1

The strange thing was I was able to run x windows, run heaps of programs
in x, close x, and repeat. From within x I was able to get as many kvt
terminals as I wanted.

That's about all the information I can give you.

In the end, I had to Reboot it (finger on button!), and it's come again

If anyone knows what caused this, or if it's been corrected at all, please
let me know. If you'd like more information, I'll be happy to help.
The machine is not an overly busy one, more of a workstation than a


Tim Harman
Tasmania Police IT Support

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