Solved: Linux dies at 6am....

Damien Elmes resolve at
Fri Dec 7 08:44:16 EST 2001

James Macnicol <jamesm at> writes:

> 	Thanks to everyone who replied, especially those who pointed
> out that cron.daily is run around the time I noticed the machine died.
> This was exactly what I needed.  I had a look at the things that
> cron.daily did and noticed that some of them took a fair amount of
> time, my guess was that there were some things there that were
> traversing the entire filesystem; probably all filesystems.  It then
> occured to me that I was mounting my W2K partition (read-only) and the
> Linux NTFS driver is a piece of cr at p and that the reason the system
> was locking up was a cron job that was going through the mouted
> filesystem was enough to cause the NTFS driver to lock up the
> kernel....  So I unmounted that filesystem before I left the machine
> last night and it's still up this morning.  This isn't an acceptable
> solution given I need access to the data on there but I should be able
> to figure out pretty easily how to stop whatever cron job it is from
> touching that partition.


add the path to this line:

PRUNEPATHS="/tmp /usr/tmp /var/tmp /afs /amd /alex /var/spool"


Damien Elmes
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