Am Sa, den 02.07.2005 schrieb Dotan Cohen um 16:02:
> Thanks, Alex. I've since had to restart the machine twice. After the
> first time I ran ps axuwwww | grep Z. At that time I had only one
> zombie show up in top:
> USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME
> root 3571 0.0 0.0 0 0 tty4 Z< 16:37 0:00 [X]
> 500 3802 0.0 0.0 364 108 tty6 R+ 16:45 0:00 grep
So X is dead - but on tty4?
> As soon as the machine slows down again, I'll run top, and in the
> event of zombies, I'll run ps.
> I don't think that the problem is anacron, as Andy suggested, as the
> machine was up all night. I ussually don't turn the computer off at
> Dotan Cohen
Rereading your initial posting I suspect like Andy a hardware problem,
presumably with your harddrive. Run
smartctl -t long /dev/<your drive>
and when it finished inspect the results with
smartctl -a /dev/<your drive>
[ <your drive> seems to be hdb ]
I suggest you do this in runlevel 3 (so without X) and doing nothing
with the PC during the selftest time. Check too your cables. Often
enough a damaged cable or one with bad contact to the motherboard is
cause of trouble.
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Thank you for your advise. I do not seem to have a command smartctl.
Even man smartctl gives me nothing. I went googling and came to the
comclusion that I simply have to install it, but I thought that I'd
ask here first. Without a man page I don't want to go messing things
If I do need to install it, to where should it be installed? /usr/bin?