Gray Flannel Dwarf

2/24/2003

Death of an uptime

This was about the last time I saw it:

5:43pm  up 479 days,  5:31,  0 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.29

It lasted approximately another 10 hours and, after planned, prolonged (multiple?!) outages, it was history.

Good things will come out of it, I guess… I installed RH 7.3 on it (HEY SHUT UP YOU, KTNX) to replace the rotting copy of 6.2 contained therein. I’ll eventually upgrade the kernel, meaning I can once again have a custom kernel that, this time, has sound modules installed (don’t ask). I can finally get that squeaky, cricket-sounding power supply and/or fan replaced.

However, it seems that RH, in all its wisdom, has managed to screw up lpr, because I can’t get the thing to work, and after talking with a few others, it doesn’t seem to behave too elegantly, even on the machines of people who have managed to kludge it together.

In all, I can probably count on two hands — maybe two hands and a foot — the number of times this thing has been rebooted since I ended up with it, probably close to 3 years ago. A fair number of those were due to (!planned) power outtages as well, ending quite a number of decent uptimes.

But this was the longest.

4:58pm  up  6:46,  6 users,  load average: 0.03, 0.69, 0.96

Oh well…


cswiii @ 4:49 pm