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I want to find out what caused the crash, and also when it happened.
I have been looking through the log files without really knowing what I am looking for...
Where should I look? What strategy should I pursue to find out what killed the server?
It seems to me that the dns server was the problem, since as you say, apache was running, but could not be accessed either through the url or ip (?)
Anyway, is there any resources you reccomend on this (somewhat arcane) area? My Linux Admin book has one (1) page on 'troubleshooting apache' ...
I would look back at the logs a little bit and see what was running.
It's possibly a screwed up process. Or you could have just been hit with an attack of some sort.
but then again: if it's not happening again, save your time, might just have been some obscure hickup that just happens every ten years on a saturday at 11.30 ;)