And thanks for mentioning that

This pilot fish does some freelance IT work, and one of his regular clients comes to him with a strange problem.

"A Linux server at his customer's remote location had a Samba mount of a Windows server's share," says fish. "Every day at around 9:30 a.m., like clockwork, the Linux server would stop responding to any requests on this mounted directory.

"I couldn't figure it out; nothing was being output on the debug logs. I was about ready to build a new Linux kernel to see if that would fix the problem.

"So he's talking to the lady at the remote location on the phone today, and after a year of dealing with this problem, and asking her if there's anything she does about the time that the server hangs, she finally says, 'Oh yeah -- I reboot the Windows server every day at 9:30 a.m.!'"

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