I am currently running Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty, and have had some issues that caused a few kernel panics to crop up. These panics cause the system to dump a bunch of information to the terminal and hang.

More often than not, these happen while I am away from the system. This means that the system sits idle until I come to the terminal, see that it has had a kernel panic, and restart the system.

Is there a way to automate the restart with Linux? I know that with a Windows BSOD, there is an option to automatically reboot after the core dump has occurred. Is there a similar option for Linux?

1 Answer 1


Add the following to /etc/sysctl.conf:

kernel.panic = 20

It will reboot after a panic after 20 seconds.

To activate the setting immediately, run:

sysctl -p
  • you mean sysctl -p
    – transistor
    Nov 9, 2021 at 8:25

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