[Techtalk] rebooting bad?

Sophie sophie at cats.meow.at
Tue Aug 20 16:18:07 EST 2002

On Tue, Aug/20/02 10:51:15AM -0400, Malcolm-Rannirl wrote:
> The other day, when trying to solve a problem, my boss suggested the solution 
> of "just have it reboot in the middle of the night when it's not doing 
> anything". My initial reaction was "ugh! no! This is linux, you don't need to 
> reboot, rebooting is bad."
> Now, I was right about the not needing to reboot (all it actually took was 
> for the main application to be not running for five minutes, which was not a 
> problem as at 4am no one would be using the machine). However, I couldn't 
> explain why rebooting was inherently bad (as opposed to merely unnecessary).
> So, is it, and if so why? Or was this just a "linux is not NT" reaction?

Downtime aside, I usually say something along the lines of caches are flushed without reason, wheras if you'd have left it running, it would be highly optimised for your specific environment...

But we all know it's because big uptimes are cool :)

- sophie

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