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Goodbye, sweet uptime

I finally had to reboot my Gentoo box today. My uptime as of reboot:

315 days, 54 min

Not spectacular, but not bad for a dust-covered desktop machine, and it probably could've gone another 300 days or so. I only had to reboot because I bought another 500GB hard drive.

Funny thing about rebooting after that long, you have no idea what's going to happen. I finally unmasked and compiled a newer kernel, and there were quite a few new options and features in there to root through. My disk hadn't been fscked for 396 days, and after rebooting and 15 minutes of grinding away, it found a few dozen orphaned inodes. A few init scripts having to do with modules gave me some warnings, but I fixed that up.

But I think I can spare an hour every year or two to update my system.

March 19, 2009 @ 11:48 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux
Tags: Gentoo, Linux

5 Comments

Jason
Quoth Jason on March 19, 2009 @ 12:57 PM PDT

I don't remember what my best desktop uptime was. A grep of my IRC logs suggests it was about 123 days. Prior to buying a UPS, the biggest cause of reboots was power outages, so that was something of an accomplishment.

Nowadays, though, my reboots tend to be either freezes (probably panics) from my buggy wireless drivers or the fact that I try to reboot at least once every major kernel version in hopes of getting less buggy drivers.

The only reason my VPSes ever reboot is when I decommission them, it seems. The last two I've had have both had one uptime their entire existence, excepting the first boot after I installed everything to make sure I didn't break anything.

uptimed makes keeping track of this slightly easier, anyway.

Brian
Quoth Brian on March 19, 2009 @ 1:39 PM PDT

Who hosts your VPS? Mine goes down way more often than I'd like.

Legooolas
Quoth Legooolas on March 19, 2009 @ 9:34 PM PDT

Slicehost are excellent for VPSes. I had over 400 days of uptime before I managed to accidentally swap mine to death (I really need to find out how to handle out-of-memory situations better in Lisp...).

Btw, the preview box auto-updating is awesome :D

Brian
Quoth Brian on March 20, 2009 @ 3:21 AM PDT

I looked at Slicehost when I was first looking for a VPS, they seem pretty good but their prices are a bit high.

Jason
Quoth Jason on March 20, 2009 @ 3:19 PM PDT

Slicehost hosts the VPSes that I've had long uptimes with. I have a newer VPS with Linode, but I've only had it for a month or so, so I can't speak to how well that's going to go. It has been up 36 days, though.