when uptime mattered

It’s been a while since keeping a single server online was A Really Important Thing. Instead of really expensive servers with redundant power supplies, fans, CPUs, and disks, we’ve moved on to networked file systems and arrays of much cheaper [usually virtual] servers. Still, on occasion I maintain some old servers and I still feel a tinge of regret when I reboot a system like this:

# w

5:18PM  up 584 days, 10:49, 1 user, load averages: 0.27, 0.59, 0.51