[olug] (BTW) My console has fallen and it can't get up
x.y.f at home.com
Wed Jan 31 23:49:52 UTC 2001
On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 04:40:30PM -0600, dbw wrote:
> So, Ive got this linux server that is basically only a firewall
> / IP Masquerade. There are no ports listening for connections on
> telnet, ssh, rlogin or otherwise. The box has been running for a
> couple months now without restart and or incident. (uptime approx.
> 65 days) The distribution is Redhat and the kernel is 2.2.16 (or
> in that neighborhood).
> The box was running in Xwindows, the screensaver on, and after a
> keystroke the screensaver password prompt appeared. I attempted to
> enter my password so I could access the environment and do some work.
> I typed in my password and hit the ENTER key...
> The console is frozen, no keyboard or mouse response. I cannot change
> consoles, I cannot even change the caps lock state on the box. No
> keyboard response, yet the caps lock and scroll lock lights are lit,
> and the keyboard connection is fine. The keyboard works on other
> computers also, so this is not a keyboard hardware problem.
> However, the ipchains and firewall stuff is still working fine.
> I can ping the box and it replies without delay. The box is also
> a cache name server and share the Internet to a lan of Windowze workstations.
> It is still serving in this capacity and working. From this point
> of view, the box is still functioning ok.
> I simply cannot get a console to respond. I cant get a CNTRL-ALT-
> DELETE to work. The only thing that I could do is to unplug the
> unit or hold down the power button accomplishing the same thing.
> The computer power supply is ATX architecture.
BTW I forgot to mention, it might be prudent to set up sshd to
listen to your *internal* network so you could ssh in
and administer the box, if this happens again.
I'd really love ta wana help ya Flanders but... Homer Simpson
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