I appoligize in advance for not being the proper admin, I'm just a programmer with a server on which I installed Debian Etch plus mysql, php, apache and ISPConfig.
So, it had an uptime of more than 900 days with not a single problem (there's no important load on it, just a couple of our services), and then it started to behave badly - suddenly it freezes (only ping is working, nothing else) and when I try to restart it via ISP's interface, it freezes completely. Then I have to request support for a manual restart. After that, it works fine for a couple of days, then the same thing happens again (it happened three times so far).
Now I performed a network boot and run fsck (found 1.1% non-contiguous) and I hope it will help
My question is did anyone had similar experience and what could be causing such a problem (when only ping works)?
Also, I looked in system log, but found nothing which could indicate a problem. Is there some other log I should look into?
thanks for a lot of answers!
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First, to clear the issue, this is a housed server, and there is network boot / reset / manual reset function at the ISP's support.
It probably is a HDD issue, since -after the fsck- everything seemed to work fine, until i looked deeper and realized that only the front page works, while others don't (pages give '403 forbidden' error or just a blank page or mysql error...).
SSH is also seems to work but it actually doesn't work: i can try to log in and it will refuse the wrong password, but when I enter the correct one - the connection just closes.
I will try to access the files once again through network boot and backup as much as possible, then will have to replace the disk...
Is it possible to clone a disk with errors on it? Is it worth trying, anyway?
UPDATE: Today (one day after I asked the question) it turned out that the HDD is definitely defective. Once again, thanks for your time and help!