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Old 01-20-2002
Question Serius ERROR on HPUX 1020

-Here's the funny thing -
I have an old HPUX1020 D270 also known as "grandfather"
Everything was all right until today...
The users began to work as usual.
Suddenly The server "kicked" out the users, and when trying to login back - The server returned with 2 different error mesgs:
one is that the "there is no empty /etc/utmp file". The second is that "cannot access /dev/root"
The wired thing is that The system didn't accept any login, including the root's.
I restarted the server and it solved the problem.
When checking the rc.log This is the freaky massages:
(This is only a part of the log)

Thank you !!
# 2  
Old 01-20-2002
soory - I forgot to put the LogSmilieisplay date

Output from "/sbin/rc1.d/S420set_date start":
"/sbin/rc1.d/S420set_date start" SKIPPED

Copy processor logs to /var/tombstones
Output from "/sbin/rc1.d/S430pdcinfo start":
pdcinfo: The host machine is not supported by this program.
ERROR: pdcinfo returned error status=255
"/sbin/rc1.d/S430pdcinfo start" FAILED

Save system core image if needed
Output from "/sbin/rc1.d/S440savecore start":
EXIT CODE: 2 - savecore found no core dump to save
"/sbin/rc1.d/S440savecore start" SKIPPED

Enable auxiliary swap space
Output from "/sbin/rc1.d/S500swap_start start":
Enabling device paging on /dev/vg00/lvol9.
swap device(s) active
# 3  
Old 01-22-2002
Have you checked the amount of free space on the / partition? The reason it might be working once you reboot it because on startup, many HP-UX systems will clean out tmp and other directories. I am very new to HP-UX administration, although I just got my hands on an old workstation running 10.20, and had a similar problem when I accidentally performed a runaway search that was dumping output to a file in /tmp... I filled up my root partition and bad things started to happen.

Also, did someone change permissions anywhere in the root directory? When I inherited this workstation, I pounded my head against the wall trying to figure out why non-root users couldn't log in... until I finally stopped looking at file permissions and checked the permissions of the / dir...

Also, I am not familiar with tombstones, but if you need them to, a HP CE/SE should be able to diagnose the problem... Also check syslog.log...
# 4  
Old 01-22-2002
Just saw this little trick at the ITRC at HP's website:
Quick and easy way to check if your server just rebooted itself or crashed due to a hardware problem;

cd /var/tombstones
grep chassis $(ls | tail -1)

If it says; No HPMC chassis codes logged

Then no hardware problem. If there are some hex numbers there then you need to pass them to HP to check what hardware caused the problem.
Check out:,,117,00.html for lots of Q&A for HP-UX.
# 5  
Old 01-23-2002
It Happened again today.
This time the system didn't crash - It just created a core file (37 mb ) which captivated 40% of the root.
I called HP. and run this "ps -ef" thing you talked about,
I'll inform you later
# 6  
Old 01-23-2002
The Permissions on "/" looks ok.
What's on /dev/root?
is says in the syslog "vx-nospaces on /dev/root"
The root is in 66%
/tmp is in 4%

I'm trying to run nickel but it won't say anything.
I'm probably missing something crucial...
Any ideas?
# 7  
Old 01-23-2002
Hmm... try the command: bdf -i
Can you paste the output back here? I wonder if you're out of i-nodes...

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