[unclug] Unstable RedHat 9 machine

Jeff Bollinger jeff01 at email.unc.edu
Thu Jun 10 09:09:12 EDT 2004

James Jordan wrote:
> I have an unstable RedHat 9 machine acting as my department's primary 
> mail server and DNS server.  Obviously, having this machine crash on a 
> *weekly* basis is unacceptable, and I'm at my wits end trying to figure 
> this one out.  I notice that while no log shows any kinds of errors 
> (that I can find that is), the console occasionally shows this error: 
> "svc: short len 2, dropping request".  Suffice it to say, I have no idea 
> what this means, and Google didn't help.  Does anyone have any idea 
> where I should start, or something specific to look for?  I can say that 
> all this instability seems to have started (though I can be 100% sure) 
> with the replacement of the hard drive after a HD failure.  However, I 
> have run hdparm with numerous options trying to rule out hardware 
> problems, and I haven't seen any errors thus far.  I am running the 
> latest kernel before RedHat moved to EL.  Thanks for any light you can 
> shed on this!

Looking through Google Groups I see some folks mentioning this exact 
error as an issue with NFS.  Are you running any NFS services?


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