To start with, I consider myself a fairly experienced HL server admin and I'm comfortable in FreeBSD. As for the server I'm whining about here today, I should go over its history. Its been running fine for the last 2 weeks with Clanmod and NS2.01. The HLDS install is 22.214.171.124 on FreeBSD 4.8 with the linux procfs mounted and all. It came about a few hours ago that I had to restart the machine because of some other processes I have on it, but when I finished rebooting the box HLDS refused to boot. I figured Clanmod was being picky so I went into my liblist.gam and disabled Clanmod - but it didn't work. Giving up, I did a fresh HLDS/NS install (without clanmod this time) and it booted fine. But about 15 minutes later I noticed the server was no longer online. I've been experimenting since then and this is what I've come up with:
Almost exactly 3 minutes after HLDS boots and initializes, it promptly crashes with or without players (yes, players can connect and play fine during its 3 minutes of uptime) connected to the server. It returns a standard core dumped error and -debug adds no helpful information. Booting with logging on just shows:
L 11/27/2003 - 01:21:19: "Playername<blahblah>" disconnected
L 11/27/2003 - 01:21:19: Server shutdown
L 11/27/2003 - 01:21:19: Log file closed
This is perhaps the most random error I've ever seen. If you need any other information just ask. Until then I'm going to go back to trying another fresh install and yelling about how ridiculous HLDS can be. Thanks in advance for your help everyone.