Leopard Server, reboot...fixed?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by mBox, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. mBox macrumors 68020

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    I have this weird problem with our XServe running Leopard. Its an old G5 system but still somewhat reliable.
    For the longest time we didnt update anything on this server (software, almost a year) till a few months ago.
    Now it does this thing where you cant connect from another computer using Server Admin and SMB is dead. Basically the server is not working as...a server.
    You can also tell somethings up when you log in manually and you get an error that there is no more hard-drive space left. It shows there is 0k on the main drive.
    The only fix is to reboot the damn thing.
    After that its fine till a few days/hours (who knows) later.
    Anyone have this prob before.
    I can re-install everything but wheres the fun in that :)
     
  2. Canubis macrumors regular

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    You should either check the server's logs with the console app or if there is an app eating up your memory and therefore causing the computer to page out memory to the hard drive until no space is left there. For this purpose use activity monitor to check how much memory is paged out after the server has been started until the problems occur.

    It also sounds as there is very little empty space left on the server at all.
     
  3. mBox thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I will check for that. The XServe has 320GB space remaining. Its housing a few Fibre drives XRaid, G-Tech XL12 and XL16TB externals patched thru a SanBox. Internally there is 1.3TB across three drives however the one is the system which again has 320GB of space left.
     
  4. Canubis macrumors regular

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    Well then, if there is really only 0KB left on your system disk, there must be running some process that eats up you hard drive space rapidly.
    I had issues with SMB on an PowerBook G4 (with the client Mac OS X) some time ago, which all led to writing huge amount of data into the system's log files which again led to a full hard drive. If that or anything similar is the source for your problems you should easily be able to identify it by looking at the log files in the console app.

    Another reason could also be third party application installed on the machine going wild and writing data to some (obviously temporary as it's deleted when restarted) place on your disk. But I would first check the console logs and activity monitor for issues with memory paging out.
     
  5. mBox thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That may be the case. But what about the fact that the server is not connectable from Server Admin via a different computer? Ill check the logs as soon as I get near it :)
     
  6. mBox thread starter macrumors 68020

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    After a few weeks of dealing with this I found killing Web, DNS and QT Streaming stopped it.
    Something was eating up the system and creating a massive log jam.
    I watch the server go from 361GB down to zero k in a few days.
    This of course causes all services to stop.
    I did a Google and found something in the Apple Archives.
    Well wouldnt you know it, it was never fixed according to the archives.
     

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