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greplinux 08-01-2008 12:39 AM

Why a Linux box hangs?
Hi All,

This is a general question and not restricted to a particular distro.

Why a Linux box hangs? What all may be the possible reasons for that?


jay73 08-01-2008 01:02 AM

Unsupported hardware, hardware conflicts, broken hardware, bugs in software, users messing up, ... So many reasons. And it depends on when the system hangs, how badly, etc.

onebuck 08-01-2008 01:18 AM


I would add 'services' to the list.

Bruce Hill 08-01-2008 01:34 AM

It hangs because something is fubared ... but when it does,
how do you get it back without pressing reset?

greplinux 08-01-2008 05:21 AM


Can you guys provide me example for a scenario where a system hangs because of buggy software?


jay73 08-01-2008 05:25 AM

Yep, I was confronted with one just today. I installed synergy (a program that lets you share mouse and keyboard between two computers). When I tried to move files over NFS from the synergy server to a synergy client, the client hung and the server was kicked off the net. Conclusion: don't use synergy if you also use NFS.

greplinux 08-01-2008 09:15 AM

Thanks buddy.

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