Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 4567
freeze or reboots during untarring of large tgz file
Last modified: 2008-08-01 12:22:51 EDT
We have a machine that has been running as a server running
for about a year under heavy use. We upgraded it to 6.0.
a restoration of files from our backups, we experienced
spontaneous reboots or hard freezes. We were able to repeat
problem reliably and narrowed it down to an untarring of
selected files from an archive.
The command that kills the machine is:
tar xvpzf /backups/piano-home.tgz -T /backups/t2
where /backups/piano-home.tgz is a 2 GB file (slightly under
bytes, so it fits within the size limits) that is a tarred
gziped file of the home directories. /backups/t2 is a
list of files, including dot files, for a particular user.
If that user uses KDE as their desktop, and is using NFS/NIS
their home directories on another server, and they restore
dot files, then the system will either freeze hard (no
ctrl alt del, must reset to reboot) or spontaneously reboot.
There are no relevant core dumps, kernel panics, or log
of note. Curiously, the reboot/freeze seems to happen well
before any of the files are found in the archive, so the
seems unrelated to the actual restoration of files, but to
process of going through the big tar file.
Mike Ciholas (812) 858-1355 voice
CIHOLAS Enterprises (812) 858-1360 fax
5855 Fiesta Drive email@example.com
Newburgh, IN 47630 firstname.lastname@example.org
please try the kernel and tar packages from RawHide
(rawhide.redhat.com) and report if the problem persists.