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Old 01-09-2003, 07:43 PM   #1
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I own a small manufacturing company in SoCal and have a basic linux question - I think. We have a web server running Mandrake 8.1 or 8.2. It started crashing every few hours this week with a kernel error after running fine for months. Is there a way to determine in the logs what could have been installed/changed recently on the server. My IT manager swears he didn't do anything, but I have my suspisions. I have looked around in the logs, but am not certain what exactly to look for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm not really sure how good this is but you can view files sorted by time and see the ones created recently

ls -Rclt / | grep - | less
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I would also say check the log files and see what's wrong.
Old 01-09-2003, 11:45 PM   #4
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What kind of kernel error? How recent are your versions of core stuff like apache and associated mod_'s? As DavidP pointed out - looking to see what's been added would be a good start.

You could compare the newer apache error logs to the older (pre-crash) logs and see if anything stands out.

You should also have a look in the box itself. I've had temperature probs before that gave mysterious crashes.


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