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Old 01-03-2004, 11:40 PM   #1
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Max uptime?

What is the maximium uptime linux can possibly do? I run linux gentoo 1.4 now. I used to run Windows XP and rebooted every like 4 days. So whats your max uptime in linux?
Old 01-03-2004, 11:43 PM   #2
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i'v had 10-12 days with redhat, although those uptimes were cut short by accidentally rebooting the wrong box, or instlaling an upgrade, or a blackout, not crashing
Old 01-03-2004, 11:46 PM   #3
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i'm not a big redhat fan myself, it's too much GUI for me. But I think it's still a good distro of linux, they just overload you with software I don't want or need, even if I customize my installation.
Old 01-03-2004, 11:48 PM   #4
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Mine has been 30 days. Damn electric company and cleaning my computer or it would be a lot longer.

Currently on RH9 I'm at
23:48:20 up 27 days, 5:14, 2 users, load average: 0.45, 0.57, 0.59

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The Max Uptime is the time you turn it on till MTBF finaly bites you in the butt. For must parts thats 20,000-100,000 hours
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I have computers that go months without rebooting. Usually a reboot is needed when there is a new kernel update.
Old 01-04-2004, 12:07 AM   #7
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Old 01-04-2004, 12:11 AM   #8
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My uptime is only about 8 hours right now.

I've had times where i've left mine up 30+ days.

I have some Novell servers at work that have been up 420+ days

I have Windows servers at work that have been up about 192 days.

I've seen Unix/Linux servers that have been up for years. We have a SCO Unix box at work (unfortunately) and it's been up for like 3 years. Haha!

Oh well.

Old 01-04-2004, 12:30 AM   #9
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Hey Whitehat, I see you've made it to LQ Addict. Congrats.
Old 01-04-2004, 12:30 AM   #10
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I saw a guy on the Screen Savers that claimed he had a Linux mailserver that had been up for years with no reboot. They had even installed/upgraded new software. If nothing else the installation of software will get you with windoze.

I have on a old AMD 400MHz machine went 2 weeks without a shutdown, no UPS. I have had this rig go for about a month or so. I usually reboot to use the other distro. Gentoo, after I fixed my screw up in the kernel, has been extremely stable. It helps if you use the right IDE controller chipset. Makes the hard drive work better for some reason.

I guess if you have a stable setup with a solid kernel you can go till it breaks a drive or something.

Oh, the last time I used windoze, it lasted about 3 or 4 days before giving me a corrupt error. Stupid windoze.


Old 01-04-2004, 12:59 AM   #11
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i had 114 days before that big power outage this summer. ups doesnt cover 8 hours of no power... One of my boxes is at 72 days now. the rest are for dual boot and fun, so they see some regular rebooting .
Old 01-04-2004, 01:40 AM   #12
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i've seen 265 on an old red hat box (like 6.something). it would have been much more if it werent for the ssl slapper worm.

to see my uptime.

it shows it, i think im up to 22 days or so, but it was at 30 and i rebooted to upgrade the kernel.
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Personal best was about 215 days til there was a small power outage that lasted 5 seconds. Other than that, haven't been able to keep good uptimes due to moving, new carpet just this past week, etc. Right now my two servers and my secondary desktop are at 4 days now. My main desktop I actually don't use as often, only when I'm working on web design and such.
Old 01-04-2004, 11:40 AM   #14
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my desktop that I use every day for email, surfing the web, graphics editing, IM, ut2003, web page design, and everything else i want to put the poor thing through, has been up 30 other box that serves as my ftp server, NAT router, and's been up for a little over 3 months.
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I had 265 days on a work redhat 7.2 server.

It was hacked shortly after, my own fault.

Prior to that, 187 days on a custom slackware job circa 1999

Work firewall currently on 88 days.


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