Mcelog – Bad memory?

The original hardware did all kinds of strange things, stuff like SSH not working and RPM checksums failing, random rebooting, ect. I ended up swapping the chassis, mainboard and RAM but kept the HDD’s to avoid an OS reinstall. Now, I’ve gotten this twice on the new box followed by a hard freeze about 2 months after the swap:

root@host [~]# mcelog --cpu  nehalem --ascii < mce.txt
CPU 2: Machine Check Exception:     4 Bank 8: fe0000400001009f
TSC 38f57147ce2b8 ADDR 74a0f000 MISC c4e377c200041180

HARDWARE ERROR. This is *NOT* a software problem!
Please contact your hardware vendor
CPU 2 BANK 8 TSC 38f57147ce2b8
MISC c4e377c200041180 ADDR 74a0f000
MCG status:MCIP
MCi status:
Error overflow
Uncorrected error
Error enabled
MCi_MISC register valid
MCi_ADDR register valid
Processor context corrupt
Transaction: Memory read error
Memory read ECC error
Memory corrected error count (CORE_ERR_CNT): 1
Memory transaction Tracker ID (RTId): 0
Memory DIMM ID of error: 0
Memory channel ID of error: 1
Memory ECC syndrome: 44e377c2
STATUS fe0000400001009f MCGSTATUS 4

I realized I was running the same kernel as before the chassis swap, so I wonder if the ‘screwyness’ of the old hardware left a corrupted kernel module or two? I know it’s a long shot… but so are two identical, brand new machines having serious memory lapses. So I just upgraded the kernel (and bios for safe measure).

Fingers crossed…

Edit 4/20/11 – Turns out it was hardware issues… did a full chassis swap yesterday. Haven’t cracked open the bad server yet to see what went wrong.

Installing Subversion on Cpanel/WHM

Make and install Subversion:

mkdir -p /usr/local/src/
tar xfj subversion-1.5.2.tar.bz2 && cd subversion-1.5.2
./configure --with-apxs=/usr/local/apache/bin/apxs --with-apr=/usr/local/apache/bin/apr-1-config --with-apr-util=/home/cpeasyapache/src/httpd-2.2.17/srclib/apr-util
make && make install

Add to pre-main include in Apache Configuration (WHM):

LoadModule dav_svn_module modules/
LoadModule authz_svn_module modules/

Set up EasyApache’s per-user virtualhost config directories (if not present):

mkdir /etc/httpd/conf/userdata
mkdir /etc/httpd/conf/userdata/std
mkdir /etc/httpd/conf/userdata/std/2

Add a virtualhost config file for the user and domain who needs subversion:

mkdir /etc/httpd/conf/userdata/std/2/<username>
mkdir /etc/httpd/conf/userdata/std/2/<username>/<www.domain.com_or_subdomain>
nano -w /etc/httpd/conf/userdata/std/2/<username>/<www.domain.com_or_subdomain>/svn_custom.conf

Paste in the config:

<IfModule mod_dav_svn.c>
 <location /repo>
  DAV svn
  SVNPath /home/<username>/public_html/repo/svn
  AuthType Basic
  AuthName "SVN Repo"
  AuthUserFile /home/<username>/.svn.htpasswd
  Require valid-user

Create the SVN user and filesystem:

su <username>
cd ~/
htpasswd -cm .svn.htpasswd <svnuser>
mkdir public_html/repo
cd public_html/repo
svnadmin create svn
chmod 775 -R svn

Update the apache config:

/scripts/ensure_vhost_includes --all-users

Test by opening http:///repo/ in browser and authenticating.

Adding alias IP subnet to an interface or VLAN

In the PFsense docs it tells you to use the ‘alias’ option in the web interface… but this won’t work for routed (non-NAT) interfaces that require more than 1 subnet attached to them. To overcome this, I utilized this article:

In summary:

Log into the webGUI, and click Diagnostics -> Backup/Restore. Click the “Download configuration” button. Open the xml file downloaded in a text editor, like Notepad. Above the line, insert the following:

<shellcmd>ifconfig fxp0 inet netmask alias</shellcmd>

Replacing fxp0 with the name of the interface you’re using, and the IP and subnet mask as appropriate. You can find the name of the desired interface in the config file. For example, for LAN, see this portion of the config.


This is showing the LAN interface as fxp1.

In order to add the alias without rebooting the whole firewall, SSH into the box and issue the shellcmd command manually:

ifconfig fxp0 inet netmask alias

Then edit /conf/config.xml manually using vi so next time the router reboots you don’t lose the subnet.

I did lose a subnet once when changing or add some interfaces through the GUI… so keep in mind when making interface changes that you may have to manually keep re-adding the subnets in the shell… I have not had an opportunity to find a work around for this.

Sample Debian/Ubuntu Interfaces File


# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
allow-hotplug eth0

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address 208.85.x.x
netmask 255.255.255.x
gateway 208.85.x.x

auto eth0:1
iface eth0:1 inet static
address 208.85.x.x
netmask 255.255.255.x