Sorry if this is OT but the XRAID knowledge here is higher than on the
Mac OS X Server list.
Has anyone seen something like this?
Early XServe G4 1.33 SP 1gb ram 10.4.8.
Ran fine for years.
We recently connected an XRAID. 2x7x400 drives. Both sides setup with
RAID 5 and a hot spare.
Have had 5 hangs where the entire office locks up as they touch a shared
item. XServe is still responsive. Well somewhat. When you tell it to
restart you get a gray screen and have to manually power it off.
System log shows a series of 5 to 10 i/o errors on one of the RAID sides
that appears to match the time of the lockup and is the last thing in
the log before the startup entries from the restart.
Checking the AFP logs there has been someone doing copies of at least 50
8 meg files either from one share point to another or from their client
computer to the server. Several have been well over 1/2 gig total. All
An interesting point is that with at least one of these hangs the i/o
errors pointed to the side of the XRAID that we have not even used yet
except to format the space. No user files. Nothing shared. The other i/o
errors were on the side of the XRAID we're using.
This tells me it is very likely NOT the XRAID box or the cables. Both
sides of the XRAID are cabled directly to ports on the same FC card
inside the XServe. So the common point where things come together is the
Which leads me to think the problem is in the XServe. There is something
about the amount of data being transfered that is triggering the
problem. Bad FC card, bad memory, OS bug, bus design bug, bus hardware
failure, or who knows. Maybe the bus is being saturated and something
isn't dealing correctly with the situation.
I added a gig of ram to try and suppress the issue if it was indeed an
OS bug of some sort. No go.
Tonight I'll pull the original 1 gig of ram and swap the FC card.
We had planned to retire the XServe this summer after leopard but now I
wonder if replacing it will solve the issue or just get us to spend our
dollars sooner than planned without solving the issue.
Any other thoughts?
If this is indeed a bug in the OS or card driver for FC cards it could
explain a lot of the strange hangs around here. Anyone having these
issues on G5 or Intel XServes?
XRAID event log shows it thinks the universe is fine.