At 2:59pm today (October 4, 1998), the FDDI card on Eskimo wedged effectively isolating it from the network and all the other machines. Because user files, which include web pages, mail related files in users directories like .forward and .procmailrc, and user authentication is done on Eskimo, this problem cascaded to several other machines by the time I had gotten Eskimo booted. I took Eskimo down gracefully but power cycled it to be sure all hardware was reset and when I did so it didn't want to come back up. It took several attempts. Both problems, the FDDI card wedging, and it taking several attempts to power up the machine are long standing problems, the former I believe is related to SunOS's limitation on mbuf's being too restrictive to really feed a FDDI at full throttle, and perhaps bugs in the driver, the latter problem seems to be related to the Ross CPU's and possibly the modified boot ROM that goes with it. When the machine finally did boot, both www and www2 had gone out to lunch because of all the processes backing up on them trying to access files on eskimo, and because Eskimo mounts some partitions from these machines this delayed being able to fully bring the system up into multi-user mode. I got Eskimo back up at about 4:05pm, and it took another twenty minutes or so to get both www and www2 stable.