Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Quick Search: in
gentoo system stability
View unanswered posts
View posts from last 24 hours

 
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Gentoo Chat
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
chrisruwe
Apprentice
Apprentice


Joined: 17 Apr 2006
Posts: 160

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:40 pm    Post subject: gentoo system stability Reply with quote

I am using gentoo for three years by now, first on athlon xp machines, now on two athlon64.

What I used to like most is the great stability of a gentoo-system, I recorded uptimes of about a hundred days without any problems, I only had to reboot for hardware upgrades. Since some time, this is all gone. Every two or three days, I have another problem, see http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-456621-highlight-.html or http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-456374-highlight-.html

I do not know why, now I am glad if I can have an uptime for two or three days - and I did not change to ~amd64, on the contrary, I became more and more conservative in USE-flag and keywords usage.

I am thinking seriously about migrating to FreeBSD by now. Does anybody of you have similar experiences? Whats your idea and opinion about general system stability? Or am I all wrong?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Monkeh
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 06 Aug 2005
Posts: 1656
Location: England

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What're your CFLAGS?

All my systems are rock stable..
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
chrisruwe
Apprentice
Apprentice


Joined: 17 Apr 2006
Posts: 160

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to answer this and similar questions, heres my emerge --info

Code:

Gentoo Base System version 1.6.14
Portage 2.0.54 (default-linux/amd64/2006.0, gcc-3.4.5, glibc-2.3.5-r2, 2.6.15-gentoo-r7 x86_64)
=================================================================
System uname: 2.6.15-gentoo-r7 x86_64 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+
dev-lang/python:     2.3.5, 2.4.2
sys-apps/sandbox:    1.2.12
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.13, 2.59-r7
sys-devel/automake:  1.4_p6, 1.5, 1.6.3, 1.7.9-r1, 1.8.5-r3, 1.9.6-r1
sys-devel/binutils:  2.16.1
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.22
virtual/os-headers:  2.6.11-r2
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="amd64"
AUTOCLEAN="yes"
CBUILD="x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"
CFLAGS="-march=k8 -O2 -pipe"
CHOST="x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/kde/2/share/config /usr/kde/3.4/env /usr/kde/3.4/share/config /usr/kde/3.4/shutdown /usr/kde/3/share/config /usr/lib/X11/xkb /usr/share/config /usr/share/texmf/dvipdfm/config/ /usr/share/texmf/dvips/config/ /usr/share/texmf/tex/generic/config/ /usr/share/texmf/tex/platex/config/ /usr/share/texmf/xdvi/ /var/qmail/alias /var/qmail/control"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/eselect/compiler /etc/gconf /etc/terminfo /etc/env.d"
CXXFLAGS="-march=k8 -O2 -pipe"
DISTDIR="/usr/portage/distfiles"
FEATURES="autoconfig distlocks sandbox sfperms strict"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://distfiles.gentoo.org http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/gentoo"
LANG="en_US.utf8"
LC_ALL="en_US.utf8"
MAKEOPTS="-j2"
PKGDIR="/usr/portage/packages"
PORTAGE_TMPDIR="/var/tmp"
PORTDIR="/usr/portage"
PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/portage"
SYNC="rsync://rsync.europe.gentoo.org/gentoo-portage"
USE="amd64 X alsa audiofile avi berkdb bitmap-fonts bzip2 cdb cdr cli crypt cups curl dri dts dvd dvdr emboss encode exif expat fam ffmpeg flac foomaticdb fortran fpu gif glut gstreamer gtk gtk2 idn imagemagick imap imlib ipv6 isdnlog jpeg kde lcms libwww lzw lzw-tiff maildir mng mp3 mpeg ncurses nls nptl nvidia ogg oggvorbis opengl pam pcre pdflib perl png ppds pppd python qt quicktime readline reflection sasl scanner sdl session spl ssl tcpd tetex tiff truetype truetype-fonts type1-fonts udev unicode usb vorbis x264 xine xml xml2 xmms xorg xpm xv xvid zlib userland_GNU kernel_linux elibc_glibc"
Unset:  ASFLAGS, CTARGET, INSTALL_MASK, LDFLAGS, LINGUAS
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
killomatic
n00b
n00b


Joined: 17 Mar 2006
Posts: 38

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My amd64 system would be perfectly stable if not for ATI/nvidia video card related problems. The most recent (unstable) driver update seems to have fixed kernel panics that the last one caused though, so I'm back to being stable. I'm also probably running with about half my packages unstable.

I noticed you're using the NVIDIA flag, and one of your links was to an nvidia problem. There's nothing gentoo can do about the shitty drivers supplied by nvidia and ati. If you want a truely stable system, you won't use those drivers (and consequently won't be able to play games, but that suggests you're using a home machine, in which case why care about the occasional reboot?)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Monkeh
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 06 Aug 2005
Posts: 1656
Location: England

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange, same CFLAGS as mine. Which is rock solid..

Code:
Portage 2.1_pre9-r4 (default-linux/amd64/2006.0, gcc-3.4.6, glibc-2.3.6-r3, 2.6.15-gentoo-r7 x86_64)
=================================================================
System uname: 2.6.15-gentoo-r7 x86_64 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3700+
Gentoo Base System version 1.12.0_pre18
ccache version 2.4 [disabled]
dev-lang/python:     2.3.5-r2, 2.4.2-r1
sys-apps/sandbox:    1.2.17
sys-devel/autoconf:  2.13, 2.59-r7
sys-devel/automake:  1.4_p6, 1.5, 1.6.3, 1.7.9-r1, 1.8.5-r3, 1.9.6-r2
sys-devel/binutils:  2.16.1-r2
sys-devel/libtool:   1.5.22
virtual/os-headers:  2.6.11-r3
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="amd64 ~amd64"
AUTOCLEAN="yes"
CBUILD="x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"
CFLAGS="-march=k8 -O2 -pipe"
CHOST="x86_64-pc-linux-gnu"
CONFIG_PROTECT="/etc /usr/kde/2/share/config /usr/kde/3/share/config /usr/lib64/mozilla/defaults/pref /usr/share/X11/xkb /usr/share/config /var/qmail/control"
CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK="/etc/eselect/compiler /etc/gconf /etc/revdep-rebuild /etc/terminfo /etc/env.d"
CXXFLAGS="-march=k8 -O2 -pipe"
DISTDIR="/usr/portage/distfiles"
FEATURES="autoconfig distlocks metadata-transfer sandbox sfperms strict"
GENTOO_MIRRORS="http://gentoo.blueyonder.co.uk"
PKGDIR="/usr/portage/packages"
PORTAGE_TMPDIR="/var/tmp"
PORTDIR="/usr/portage"
PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/overlay/nspluginwrapper"
SYNC="rsync://rsync.europe.gentoo.org/gentoo-portage"
USE="amd64 X a52 aac aalib acpi alsa apache2 avi bash-completion berkdb bitmap-fonts bzip2 cairo cdb cdr cli crypt cups curl curlwrappers dba dbus dga dri dvd dvdr dvdread eds emboss encode ethereal exif fam fbcon fbsplash firefox flac foomaticdb fortran ftp gd gif gnome gnutls gpm gtk gtk2 gtkhtml guile hal idn imagemagick imap imlib innodb ipv6 isdnlog java jpeg jpeg2k junit kdeenablefinal lcms lm_sensors lzw lzw-tiff mad mng mozilla moznocompose moznoirc moznomail mozsvg mp3 mpeg mpm-worker musepack ncurses nls nptl nsplugin nvidia offensive ogg opengl pam pcmcia pcre pdflib perl php pic png pppd python quicktime readline reflection samba sdl session sndfile sox speex spell spl sqlite ssl svg tcltk tcpd theora threads tidy tiff truetype truetype-fonts type1-fonts unicode usb vorbis wifi wma wxwindows xine xinerama xml xml2 xmms xorg xpm xv xvid zlib elibc_glibc input_devices_keyboard input_devices_mouse input_devices_evdev input_devices_joystick kernel_linux userland_GNU video_cards_nv video_cards_nvidia"
Unset:  ASFLAGS, CTARGET, EMERGE_DEFAULT_OPTS, INSTALL_MASK, LANG, LC_ALL, LDFLAGS, LINGUAS, MAKEOPTS
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Omega21
l33t
l33t


Joined: 14 Feb 2004
Posts: 788
Location: Canada (brrr. Its cold up here)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only have like 6 USE flags..... But thats just me. Uptime == 25 days or so (and thats after a kernel upgrade // reboot).
_________________
iMac G4 1GHz :: q6600 //2x 500GB//2GB RAM//8600GT//Gentoo :: MacBook Pro//2.53GHz
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Monkeh
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 06 Aug 2005
Posts: 1656
Location: England

PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Omega21 wrote:
I only have like 6 USE flags..... But thats just me. Uptime == 25 days or so (and thats after a kernel upgrade // reboot).


I'm lazy so I just put in everything which looks useful.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
DieselPower
Apprentice
Apprentice


Joined: 26 Oct 2005
Posts: 216
Location: TN

PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine's so stable that when I do reboot I find I have changed enough things that sometimes it won't boot! I don't think I have ever had to reboot my system because of stability issues.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
chrisruwe
Apprentice
Apprentice


Joined: 17 Apr 2006
Posts: 160

PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I have talked to some people, mostly windows users. They told me any OS needed some top be reinstalled every now and then. IMHO thats *bullshit*.
Sorry for swearing. Ladies, please look away and don't think bad of me.
However, they have some point. Sometimes it might be less work just reinstalling things than to track down some complicated issue and fix it. I don't like the idea, though.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Monkeh
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 06 Aug 2005
Posts: 1656
Location: England

PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends how well you take care of your system. Windows, yes, it needs regular reinstalls.

Binary distros on which you don't do any manual compilation? Shouldn't unless there's a massive change in the next release.

Gentoo? Depende how much you play. I got my laptop in such a state it needed a reinstall to make any sense of it.. (plus I wanted to put a crazy partition table into effect)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Aries-Belgium
l33t
l33t


Joined: 08 Jul 2005
Posts: 730
Location: Willebroek, Belgium

PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows needs to be reinstalled now and then, because it gets really slow after a while. Defragmentation program of Windows doesn't resolve all fragmentation, and you can't get all stuff out when doing an uninstall of a program for example. Best resolution is a complete reinstall. But Gentoo's packagemanager can get rid of all the files he created and because most Linux filesystems have less fragmentation, Gentoo is a year later still as fast as it is from the time of the installation. :twisted:
_________________
Ep2.nl | Developers Community
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Gentoo Chat All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum