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Re: I think I just got a panic

From: Eirik Nygaard <eirikn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 18:20:26 +0200

On Wed, Oct 20, 2004 at 04:07:55PM -0700, Matthew Dillon wrote:
> :But I was running X at the time :( X froze and stayed there for about 10 
> :seconds or something, then the computer rebooted. Probably a panic?
> :
> :For whatever it's worth I was just doing a buildworld, X with a couple 
> :of xterms open (icewm) and I had a samba share mounted. I was ssh'd into 
> :another machine in one of the xterms and was about to vi /etc/gettytab 
> :locally when it locked up and rebooted.
> :
> :I've now set dumpdev in rc.conf. Is that enough to atleast save a dump, 
> :so I can tell for sure if it was a panic or not, incase it happens again?
> :-- 
>     Note that the system will attempt to store the crash dump in /var/crash.
>     If /var/crash does not have sufficient space, the system will not be 
>     able to save a crash dump.  What most people do is:
> 	cpdup /var/crash /usr/var.crash
> 	rm -rf /var/crash
> 	ln -s /usr/var.crash /var/crash
>     or
> 	cpdup /var/crash /home/var.crash
> 	rm -rf /var/crash
> 	ln -s /home/var.crash /var/crash
>     So /var/crash has enough space.
>     That's actually something we should fix in the installer... to make sure
>     that /var has enough space to hold crash dumps (a nominal ~2-3x the space
>     would be good if it doesn't eat too much from other partitions.  i.e. if
>     the disk is big enough).
> 					-Matt
> 					Matthew Dillon 
> 					<dillon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

How about we just set the new deault to end up in /usr/crash ? I don't see any
particular reason for the crashdumps to end up in /var (which often is too small).

Eirik Nygaard

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