I recently rebooted a server that had been running for many months. I haven't touched the kernel or userland programs since it went into production.

The server was rebooted with 'shutdown -h now', powered down, and then later restarted.

I've since noticed that cron didn't restart, which is odd, but fixable, but more importantly, when I run ps, it spits out 'ps: warning: /var/run/dev.db: No such file or directory' (although, as far as I can tell, the output is perfectly reasonable).

I'm wondering if one is a symptom of the other. In any event, /var/run/dev.db is most certainly not there.

I guess I could reboot the server tonight, but I'm not sure that that will fix it, as I don't understand the cause. I've searched the archives a bit, and the best thread I could find dated from 1997, and suggested that it could be due to an unclean shutdown, which is definitely not the case here.

I'm running FreeBSD 4.8-STABLE, where stable is defined as being what it was around June 2003.

I'd be grateful for any pointers you might have.

Commercial OS breeds commerce, whereas free OS breeds freedom,
the only thing more dangerous and confusing than commerce.
                  -- Michael R. Jinks, redhat-list, circa 1997

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