On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 4:32 PM, brad davison <
demonichandextensi...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Hopefully someone can shed some light on my problem.  Over the weekend, we
> upgraded our mailserver that was running like a champ w/ FBSD 7.0 and a PAE
> kernel (8gb RAM).
> I didn't use the freebsd-update program, because I read that if you're not
> using a GENERIC kernel, it wont work.
> I had changed the standard-supfile like that had RELENG_7_0 to RELENG_7_1
> and ran cvsup.
> I followed the handbook for cleaning out the /usr/src/obj directory,
> rebuilt the world and kernel via:
> # cd /usr/src# make buildworld# make buildkernel KERNCONF=PAE# make
> installkernel KERNCONF=PAE
> then I rebooted into single user mode and performed the:
> # mount -a -t ufs# mergemaster -p# cd /usr/src# make installworld#
> mergemaster
> When I did the mergemaster, I kept my master.password, hosts, passwd,
> rc.conf, and make.conf.  But for the most part, I 'i' installed the new
> files.
> Since then, we have had severe server instability after a few hours.  The
> server completely locks up requiring a hard boot, then the fsck_ufs runs for
> a while.  This is our production mail server, and we've been down off and on
> for 2 days.
> I'm in the process of building a replacement and getting back online with
> 7.0 and a GENERIC kernel, but what on Earth could have gone on?  Did I do
> something wrong with using a PAE kernel on 7.1?
> I'm in single-user mode again running 'fsck -y' and there are TONS of
> errors on the /usr volume.
> The /var/log/messages just shows that the server was restarted, and I'm
> just wondering where to start.
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could be due to PAE. since PAE is known not to be very stable.
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