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Old 10-07-2003, 02:24 PM   #1
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Angry linux completley freezes suse 8.2


Ok i know nothing about linux or unix. but I was asked to set up this linux as a production server for some application. So this box already has suse 8.2 on it.

Well i feel like a complete idiot trying to tinker around in what may as well be a chinese OS it is so foreign to me.

I get apache installed and running, php, mysql
the last thing i want to do is
use samba so that i can move and edit files on the linux box from the safety and comfort of my windows pc.

well after going through too many google links, i finally found this haven of knowlledge and goodwill .. and im warming to the idea of maybe , possiblly trying to learn how to use this linux thing.

so now for my first trial.
1. i dont know what i did
2. i messed around with smb.conf
3. oh at work, we dont have workgroups, so i put our domain name where it asks for work group.. told you im an idiot.
4. now linux keeps freezing
5. freezing for 10-15 mninutes... with the hard disk light flickering ..like its doing something.
6. i dont even know how to ctrl alt delete. so i just hit hard reset
7. now everytime i have to hit reset after just like 2 minutes because it freezes.

so finally.
is there a better way to stop this viscous cycle of hard resetting and freezing?

help please.
 
Old 10-07-2003, 05:38 PM   #2
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How ya doin,

could you post your /var/log/messages file? or better yet, since its so big, email it to jinksys444@charter.net and I could take a look at it. You might also want to post/send a summary of what applications/processes are running on the machine about the time of the crash. Ill do what I can.


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Old 10-07-2003, 05:47 PM   #3
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hi jinksys.

hmm when i look at var/log/messages using vi.
its not big at all.

since the kde interfae keeps locking up i have been signing into "failsafe" mode and continuing doing my samba changes to the smb.conf

if i open up mozilla from the failsafe mode... i can come back here, but how do you copy and paste something from shell to here?

and...please bear with me... how do i get the process list to show?

thanks..
 
Old 10-07-2003, 05:50 PM   #4
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Well tell me, does the computer only freeze in the KDE interface, or does it freeze no matter what interface you use?
 
Old 10-07-2003, 05:55 PM   #5
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it only freezes in kde and windowsmaker , the only 2 that i tried.

and also sometimes when i go into kde
the root folder just starts popping up like crazy.. like 60 of them.. before it freezes.

when this happens. the whole desktop takes on a differnet look
(except for the taskbar)

what would you want to see?
i can get into kde for about 2 minutes and send post the things you need before it freezes.
 
Old 10-07-2003, 05:58 PM   #6
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So it doesnt freeze in failsafe mode? That must mean it is a window manager problem..hmm
 
Old 10-07-2003, 06:01 PM   #7
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it doesnt freeze in fails safe mode.
only in kde
for example.

i restarted the computer (hard reset)
signed in as root
went into kde
and opened mozilla
surfed over to linuxquestions...
got back to this thread..
then after about 1 - 2 minutes...

everything even the clock is frozen
and theh hard disk is going nuts.

im gonna have to hard reset again cause nothing else works.
 
Old 10-07-2003, 06:05 PM   #8
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it didnt do this until today , when i tried to set up a folder share with samba

could it be because of samba? and the smb.conf (incorrect settings)
 
Old 10-07-2003, 07:17 PM   #9
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well dont laugh.
i changed keyboards and the freezing problem went away.

which leaves me now with just one last problem

cannot see the linux box on the network.

our work , everycomputer is part of the domain.
but there is no workgroup.

so in teh smb.conf file i put that the workgroup = DOMAINNAME (all caps)

when i look in my window network neighborhood, i dont see it.

any ideas?
 
Old 10-07-2003, 07:25 PM   #10
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Well thats good
Honestly, I dont have the clear answer for you about the domain problem. Id recommend posting a thread in the networking forum, youll probebly get a quick response there.
 
  


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