"mad...@li.org" <jonhal...@comcast.net> writes:
>
> Did you remove the scroll-lock key cap?

That would have been a good idea.

`luckily', though, there were only ~2 people in a position to
be pressing /any/ keys on the console at that point
(you out there, Dave?), both knew better after this experience,
and we were all laid-off and the company scrapped
shortly thereafter anyway. ;)

> ----- Original Message -----
> Ben Scott <dragonh...@gmail.com> writes:
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 8:04 AM, Kyle Smith <askr...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Anyone else just get roughly a weeks worth of mail from the list at once?
> >
> >   There was an issue[1] with the GNHLUG Internet server.  Mail was
> > being queued for the list server to process, but wasn't going any
> > further.  Once the problem was cleared, all the accumulated mail let
> > lose at once.
> >
> > -- Ben
> >
> > [1] The log partition was full.[2]  This caused the list server to shut 
> > down.
> > [2] Turns out somebody[3] forgot to set-up log rotation for the web
> > sites it hosts.
> > [3] That would be me.[4]
> > [4] Sorry 'bout that.
>
> Hee. :)
>
> I once had a *bunch* of services on a server get stuck...
> because someone had pressed the scroll-lock key on the console
> the day before.
>
> Syslog was relaying to the console, and the console being scroll-locked
> meant that everything was just getting written to one of the kernel's
> internal buffers--which was smartly setup to just make writes block
> when it was full (rather than overflowing); blocking console-writes
> meant that syslog writes blocked, which meant that any process
> that was in any way doing anything that resulted in a call to syslog()
> were blocked. Cron was blocked, for example. I couldn't even su or sudo
> to investigate the problem, because PAM tried to syslog() the authentication
> and session-start events.
>
> I wasn't the one who pressed the scroll-lock key, but I did spend
> the better part of a day unable to figure out WTF was going on.
> I don't remember how we came to realise that that was the problem,
> but we chuckled when we did. And then we un-scroll-locked the damned
> console. ;)

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