I have been running RedHat 6.0 for a number of months.
Last week I applied a number of security and recommended
patches to my system. I obtained those patches from the
RedHat web site.
Among those patches was the full suite of Xfree86 3.3.5
rpm's. (I also applied Gnome, CDE, netkit, termcap,
rpm, telnet, traceroute patches. I can provide a full
Starting on the weekend, my system starting logging SCSI
errors of the form:
Oct 5 04:02:47 willow kernel: SCSI host 0
abort (pid 142691) timed out - resetting
Oct 5 04:02:47 willow kernel: SCSI bus is being
reset for host 0 channel 0.
One symptom for me seems to be that StarOffice has twice
now locked up completely. The process is defunct, and
not killable. I rebooted once, and ended up having to
manually fsck to clean up the disk.
The reason I suspect Xfree86 is that I when looking through
deja.com and found several posting by Randall J. Parr
(one in comp.os.linux.x under the title "bug/conflicts in
XFree86 3.3.5 on RH6?" dated Sep 23/1999) He detailed quite
well an almost identical situation, only he had done a
better job of tracking it down to XFree86. His solution was
to downgrade to version 3.3.3. I emailed him and he replied
that he has not received a single other response to his
several usenet postings.
I thought I should try submitting an official bug report,
in case this really is something new to you guys. I checked
what I could on the redhat support pages and couldn't find
For completenes, I have a Intel PII-350, ASUS-P2B motherbd,
Adaptec 2940UW scsi card, Yamaha crw4416 cd-rw, and seagate
ST34520W SCSI hard disk. the other system hardware should
be irrelevant, but to cover everything, the video card is
an 8MB AGP ati xpert98. Uname -a reports
kernel version 2.2.5-22 #1.
thank you for your attention.
this is a symptom of faulty hardware, not of bad software. There is NO WAY that
XFree86 can cause bad interactions with the SCSI bus. Maybe your hard drive is