Within the past few days, I'm getting really strange things happening.
I'm sitting here in front of the screen, everything seems normal, and
all of a sudden the X server exits, dumps me back to the (text)
console, and starts giving me errors like this:
init: PANIC: segmentation violation at 0x10202! sleeping for 30 seconds.
init: PANIC: segmentation violation at 0xfffffff7! sleeping for 30 seconds.
These errors always seem to come in pairs. And, nothing seems to
actually stop for 30 seconds...
I figure (having used Windows for too long :-( ) that if I reboot,
everything will be fine, but after one of these errors, the shutdown
command doesn't work! I type "shutdown -r now" or "shutdown -h now" I
get the "broadcast message" saying "system going down NOW!" but
nothing actually happens. I press enter, and get another shell
prompt. Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn't work, either. It doesn't matter if I
type this as root or with my regular userid (which is authorized to
So, I have no choice (that I know of) other than a hard reboot --
which of course causes fsck to run, which, for the first time since
I've been using Linux regularly (about 1.5 years) actually shows
errors. The lost clusters always turn out to be fragments of
Red Hat 6.0 (kernel 2.2.5-15) on a Pentium II/350.
Cable modem on eth0 (as a DHCP client, using pump)
Another computer via crossover cable on eth1 (as a DHCP server using dhcpd)