[nycbug-talk] FBSD sysutils/bsdstats

Marc Spitzer mspitzer at gmail.com
Mon Aug 14 01:22:37 EDT 2006

On 8/13/06, Max Gribov <max at neuropunks.org> wrote:
> uptime can be considered "badge of honor"  in a sense that the os you're
> using does not have too many kernel issues, the fact that you made a
> custom enough kernel not to worry about useless issues, and plus the
> fact that things rarely go wrong in the bsd server world.

I think uptime, as we are talking about it, is kinda silly.
Personally I am in favor of rebooting production boxes at least
quarterly.  It can be really interesting to see what shakes loose.
Also it gives you a framework of scheduled outages to do other stuff
in, non critical patches or a bit of kernel tuning etc.  Also the Idea
of patching libraries and not rebooting without a very good reason,
and a lot of checking to see you actually restarted *EVERYTHING* that
calls it, is asking for trouble.  I do not think the system will
reload the same shared lib if there is a copy sitting in memory,
rebooting fixes this issue.

Geeks should not do Tarzan, after we beat our chests we need to check
for bruises.


"We trained very hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to
form into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that
we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and a wonderful method it
can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion,
inefficiency and demoralization."
-Gaius Petronius, 1st Century AD

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