[nSLUG] Ubuntu crash with scp.

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 20:22:31 AST 2007

On 11/7/07, David Payne <david at payneful.ca> wrote:

> I have a fairly recent system.  It has a Gigabyte S-Series
> M61VME-S2 (rev.2.0) motherboard with a onboard ethernet.
> Realtek 8201 phy (10/100 Mbit).  I had ArchLinux installed
> on this for a couple of months with no problems.  I switched
> to Ubuntu Gusty Gibbon shortly after the release.  It worked
> for a while but I really didn't do anything major with the
> system.
> Over the last few days I have been copying some large files
> over the network with scp.  My system has locked up twice
> while I was doing this.  Both times it happened when I was
> on another machine via ssh scping the file to the local
> machine.  No error messages or nothing, just lock up.
> I'm not sure where to start looking to figure out what's up.
> I tried searching Google with terms like Gigabyte M61VME-S2
> lockup with Linux and with Ubuntu but I can't find anything.
> Maybe it's not that the information isn't there but maybe
> I'm asking the wrong questions.
> Anybody know what I should start looking at next or have any
> ideas with what's up?

This week, my first suspicion would be power fluctuations.  Are both
systems and the network all on UPS's?

In the past I have similar issues with unix.  Tracking down the
problem involved way too much work: finding a way to reproduce the
problem and then finding space (this was when 9G was the largest SCSI
disk you could get) for huge process logs and network packets dumps
and waiding thru them to find the smoking gun.

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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