Understood, but the main reason I wanted to tail the output of /var/log/messages is so that I could see the last few lines before it dies and I possibly end up losing my SSH session. Then, after I end up getting the device back online I can issue “cat /var/log/messages” and hopefully find that last point and see if anything is there that might help lead to the issue.
As far as firmware, I am running the latest.
It’s not my network. I have a very basic flat network, there are no duplicates, and the PC that I have connected with the SSH session is directly connected to the same switch that the WDs are hooked to. Just to be absolutely certain my switch wasn’t the issue, I have even swapped it out. Then, I inserted a hub, yes, a real hub, and I even have wireshark running on a ring buffer to see if any specific network traffic isn’t causing the issue.
My guess is that something is potentially going on with one of the daemons; more specifically, smbd. I just restored my second WD to default and will let it run for a bit. If I don’t see it die in the next 24-48 hours, I’ll let the group know. I’ll also fire up my xbox360 and ps3 if and when it dies to see if I get the same results as the gent from the Netherlands. Also, I’ll try the afpd to see if that responds. If this is the case, then it might be even more conclusive proof that it is just smbd that it is dying. More details to come…