Have you ever heard of "kernal panic mode"


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Mar 27, 2003
Ok, so this isn't really a cpanel question, but I have been having problems with one of my servers crashing every other night at around midnight. It is a complete crash - no ssh, cpanel, and won't even respond to a ping.

My datacenter says the server was in "kernal panic mode".

Have you ever heard of this before? What would cause this?


Well-Known Member
Apr 23, 2003
Yes, it is a condition in which the kernel was unable to restore order in the cosmos. hahaha

Ok, all silliness aside, it basically means that the kernel ran into a condition in which there was no way to recover from it, this usually means it was one of those ugly fatal errors. A kernel panic is similar to that God awful, scary Windows Blue Screen of Death.

It can be caused by several issues...
A badly compiled kernel
A kernel with bugs that should be recompiled to the newest version.
Buggy software such as a bad version of Perl.
Faulty hardware.

I would suggest you do this. Have the data center recompile the kernel to the newest version. If this doesn't help, swap out the hardware. 9 times out of 10, it is the hardware, but lets rule out a bad kernel first.


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Verifed Vendor
Jun 15, 2002
Go on, have a guess
I agree with what Tom has said here. I'd also suggest an fsck of the disks too to help rule out an impending disk failure.