this is my first post to this forum which I found through the superb podcast "It Conversations" from StackOverFlow. I am quite in my role as server administrator for an exhibition center in London. Basically we have a central file and sql server to which roughly 40 stations connects to to upload/download data used/captured by a set of applications.
Over the last weeks we have experienced a few random hangups to our applications, and as it always happen to multiple applications simultaneously I do not believe that the applications are the source of the problem. We also monitor the network using Dartware Intermapper which indicates that all switches and stations on the network has been reachable during the downtime. Thus, its all pointing to the server.
I have been looking through all log files I can think of and the only thing so far that I have found suspicious is the following lines in the syslog which are from the time of one of the hangups:
Feb 6 17:14:27 es named: client 127.0.0.1#33721: RFC 1918 response from Internet for 220.127.116.11.in-addr.arpa Feb 6 17:14:40 es named: client 127.0.0.1#32899: RFC 1918 response from Internet for 18.104.22.168.in-addr.arpa Feb 6 17:15:01 es /USR/SBIN/CRON: (es) CMD (/home/es/apps/es/bin/es_checksum.sh) Feb 6 17:16:06 es /USR/SBIN/CRON: (es) CMD (/home/es/apps/es/bin/es_checksum.sh) Feb 6 17:21:00 es named: *** POKED TIMER *** Feb 6 17:21:00 es last message repeated 2 times Feb 6 17:21:07 es named: client 127.0.0.1#44194: RFC 1918 response from Internet for 22.214.171.124.in-addr.arpa Feb 6 17:21:12 es named: client 127.0.0.1#59004: RFC 1918 response from Internet for 126.96.36.199.in-addr.arpa
I find a few lines of interesting lines here:
1) "RFC 1918 response from Internet for 188.8.131.52.in-addr.arpa". I see this a lot in the syslog. And basically everytime I do a nslookup for any of the computers in the cluster I get a new similar line in the syslog. I understand from google that this has to do with reverse lookup problems. But I do not know how that could effect the systems. Lets say that one of these lines appear every time one of the userstations connects to the server, which may happen several times a second. Could this possible cause a hangup of the entire server?
2) POKED TIMER, I have googled this quite a lot, but not found an explaination that I can relate to. What does this mean?
3) The timestamps, it seems like the entire server has stopped responding for several minutes. Normally there are many printouts to the syslog per minute on this server. Furthermore the CRON job is set to run once every minute. Which according to the log, hasent happened here.
OS: Ubuntu 8.04 Kernel: Linux 2.6.24-24-server x86_64 GNU/Linux. Hardware: Dell R710, RAID1, CPU: 2x XEON E5530. 16GB Memory. Average load is very low, and memory should not be a problem.
Please let me know if you need any additional information.