Subject RE: [firebird-support] Server Services failures. Is this Firebird related?
Author Graeme Edwards
I have seen the same symptoms quite a few times on Firebird super server
1.5.2 usually on a
Windows 2003 server. The firebird server appears to be running and any
attempt to stop it
seems to send it into a "Stopping" state. It may eventually stop if you wait
long enough, 5 minutes
or more.

Using task manager to kill the Firebird Server process, and then restarting
it from the
services console does work, but is hardly a long term solution.

The only common thread that I could find in the firebird server freezing was
that there was a bug
in my delphi application that was attempting to attempting to make a
connection to the server
using Netbeui protocol where TCP/IP should have been used. Other clients may
have been connected
already using TCP/IP when the Netbeui connection was attempted.

As soon as the rogue Netbeui connection was changed to TCP/IP, we have had
no further problems with
Firebird server freezing.


[] On Behalf Of rogervellacott
Sent: Wednesday, 3 August 2005 5:09 AM
Subject: [firebird-support] Server Services failures. Is this Firebird

Last week a client's Win2000 server running FB1.50 Classic ground to a
halt. On inspection, FBGuard was running, but FBServer was not. Trying
to stop FBServer timed out, leaving FBServer in a "Stopping" state.
None of the other services could be stopped or started, including
simple ones, like Telnet. So I assumed it was a nasty Windows problem.
Firebird is now happily running on a temporary server (one of the
workstations) and we are waiting for a Windows re-install on the server.

However, last night another client with FB1.50 Superserver had a power
cut, and the UPS battery ran out. Firebird stopped working, and has
the same symptoms as the first client. Services cannot be started or
stopped. Firebird 1.5.2 installs, but fails when it times out at the
end when it tries to install the service.

If this is not a Firebird issue, then it is a strange coincidence.
Does anyone know what is going on?

Roger Vellacott
Passfield Data Systems


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