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Re: Heck, why did the server freeze?

On Thu 25 Oct 2018 at 19:53:26 +0200, Alessandro Vesely wrote:

> Hi all,
> early this morning a network card burned out.  A few hours later, the server
> was not responding on any network address, nor on the system console.  I had to
> power it down.
> Upon rebooting, network errors were detected an I arranged the server to work
> with the available hardware.  The last line logged was an incoming email from a
> spammer in Brazil.  It shouldn't have triggered any severe damage.  I found no
> breakdown hint in the logs.
> My theory is that the system didn't realize that the card was broken, didn't
> turn the interface down, and kept storing outgoing stuff until it blew off.  Is
> that reasonable or should I be more paranoid?

You have given an exact diagnosis of your problem - the network
card failed. What's your problem? Replace it instead of agonising
and theorising.