I installed Slackware 3.3 on my home PC last week, and I've
noticed something odd...
If I examine the wtmp log using 'last', I see an entry with
the word 'crash' at the end for every time I shut down or
restarted the computer. This with the user column (the first
column) in the entry being the superuser.
Usually I shutdown or restart my computer with "shutdown -h 0"
or "shutdown -h now" (and "shutdown -r 0" or "shutdown -r now")
when logged in, or su'd, as root.
It's quite strange... because I wait until my "rc.0" script
prints "The system is halted", then I wait a little while before
actually powering down my PC.
The rc.0 script invokes "halt -w" to create a wtmp log entry,
but I would have expected it to say something other than "crash"...
It actually shuts down linux with "halt -f" ...
This is just a plain out-of-the-box install. I also have the
Slackware 3.4 CDs...
The other thing is, when I booted up this morning, fsck told
me that I had reached maximum mounts, or something to that effect.
Then it proceeded to do something (probably checking the filesystem),
and my boot continued merrily along its way.
I always unmount my cdrom or floppy when I'm done with it, so
I presume this is just a regular check that fsck performs after
every N mounts of the root filesystem? Or could this be related
to improper syncing of the disks, or somesuch? (Possibly related
to my wtmp logs?)
I have a Maxtor 4.3 GB EIDE HD on IDE 0, with 4 primary partions:
my DOS/Win95 primary, an entry for my DOS/Win95 extended partions,
my Linux primary, and my Linux swap. The MBR has Linux as the only
active partition, and LILO is installed in the superblock of the latter.
My CDROM is a 24x Sony EIDE/ATAPI on IDE 2.
I have my primary DOS/Windoze partition, as well as my two extended
DOS/Windoze partitions mounted on "/win95_C", etc, ...
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