On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 5:08 PM, Identry <jalmb...@identry.com> wrote:

> > I'd give it an fsck or two (more than one has been needed once or
> > twice),
> I was afraid to run fsck before backing up everything I might possibly
> need, so I spent most of last night mounting all the partitions and
> backing up things.
> I was able to manually mount all the partitions and all the data seemed
> fine.
> At this point, I'm ready to risk an fsck or pretty much anything.
> > also has anything changed with the server (updates etc etc) for
> > example why was it rebooted?
> Because of a stupid mistake on my part. I was trying to add an address
> to the NIC card, and rather than *add* the address to a long list of
> addresses (used for https websites), I made that the only address. I
> was only experimenting, so the file in /etc that I use to set up the
> addresses (using ifconfig) was unchanged. I figured a quick reboot
> would solve the problem, so I logged in via the console and did a
> clean shutdown. When I turned the machine back on, it would not boot.
>  I seem to recall a verbose boot mode in the
> > boot menu. does that give any hints beyond the freeze you see when you
> > try and boot?
> It prints one line, which I cannot recall, unfortunately.
> > Are you using the GENERIC kernel
> I don't know. This is the oldest freebsd machine that I run. I didn't
> install the OS, myself. It's a 6.2 machine that had been running in
> production mode without any updates for over a year when I took it
> over. I am embarrassed to say I never had the nerve to do any updates
> on it, either, because when I started on it, I didn't know enough
> about FreeBSD to risk the 40 websites that were running on it.
> I've been meaning to update it for awhile, but it is locked down tight
> with PF and has had zero problems up until now. Famous last words...
> > if not have you tried it?
> No. I need to figure out how to do that, and I didn't have enough
> brain power last night after doing all those backups.

Boot to single user mode and just run:

fsck -y

You don't need any special options the first time. fsck should tell you if
there are further problems.

> After sleeping on it, I am wondering if I can kill two birds with one
> stone... by using 7.2 install CDs to upgrade the machine? I believe
> there is an 'upgrade' option on the install menu (I'm burning some 7.2
> CDs right now to double check.)
> Or would it be safer to try to bring up the machine on it's own with a
> 6.2 generic kernel, first?

Please don't even think of doing that! You might go mad with the several
issues you may end up facing. And upgrading a production system from an
install CD is something that I will never do. I always use csup/cvsup, but
perhaps you can also use freebsd-update.
I advise you get to fix the problem at hand before thinking of updating.

Best regards,
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