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    SubjectFATAL: Kernel too old

    Who decides that the kernel is too old? Can't log-in over the
    network on a machine that has a lot of uptime. Telnet to the
    mail-server does work, though. It's just that shells don't
    seem to work anymore!!!

    Script started on Fri Feb 6 15:44:32 2004
    # rlogin -l johnson quark
    ATAL: kernel too old
    # rlogin -l johnson quark
    ATAL: kernel too old
    # telnet quark
    Connected to
    Escape character is '^]'.
    FATAL: kernel too old
    Connection closed by foreign host.
    # ping quark
    64 bytes from icmp-seq:0 ttl:64 time(ms):3.53 lost:0
    64 bytes from icmp-seq:1 ttl:64 time(ms):0.25 lost:0
    # rsh quark
    ATAL: kernel too old
    # telnet quark 25
    Connected to
    Escape character is '^]'.
    220 ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.0.Beta3/8.12.0.A; Fri, 6 Feb 2004 15:51:27 -0500
    telnet> quit
    Connection closed.

    It wouldn't let me log in at the console either, got the "init spawing
    too fast..." message. Nothing in the logs. It's a generic RH with
    the Linux-2.4.18-14 that it came with, never been hacked and used
    as an internal mail-forwarding machine. It's been up since, probably
    last April.

    I couldn't find that "FATAL:" string in /bin/bash, in any
    /lib/libc* files, nor in vmlinux. It's in /bin/rpm and in
    /bin/ash.static. These are not used to log-in (I hope).
    It's also in a bunch of /sbin files, never used to log in
    (like e2fsck).

    I crashed it and it rebooted fine, little fsck activity, with
    nothing in any logs that shows there was any problem whatsoever.

    Dick Johnson
    Penguin : Linux version 2.4.24 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
    Note 96.31% of all statistics are fiction.

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