I experienced another of the mystery weird "lockups" of our web server today, 4 CPU Ross RTK-625 Hypersparc SS-10 w/ 384MB RAM. The state the machine went into was one where it quit responding to web requests, ssh requests, etc, but you could still change virtual consoles and it would echo whatever you typed at the console. If you input a login to the login prompt, it would not give a password prompt, but switching consoles will give another login prompt. This started happening after "upgrading" from 2.2.14 to 2.2.15. 2.2.14 would frequently crash due to spin_lock deadlock, that seems to be fixed, but now in 2.2.15, this bug, and another where the machine hangs hard and doesn't respond to anything except a power cycle seems to have replaced the spin_lock deadlock. Where the spin_lock deadlock only happened on single CPU boxes, these two forms of machine death occur on both multi-CPU SS-10's and single CPU LX's. There seems to be a pattern to the time these things happen, while it may happen anytime of day it is extremely common during the hours of 4am-8am suggesting either something launched out of cron or perhaps a malicious human somewhere is involved. For what it's worth, it also seems to happen only on the machines running Apache web server (version 1.3.3p3) and not on machines running IRC servers (which you would think would be favorite targets of malicious humans) or news or mail. Both the zombie machine syndrome and the hard lock ups are frustrating because they provide no errors on the console or in logs that give any clue as to the nature of the failure and make the machine sufficiently inoperable as to make it impossible to dig around and examine the state of things.