I completed installation of Zimbra 5.0.6 on Ubuntu 6.06 last Friday. I successfully batch-created 200+ user accounts and ran a successful LDAP test against my OS/X Open Directory. I'm currently still in pre-production.

Over the weekend I noticed the date/time was *way* off and decided to wait to update it until I came in this morning. I ran the date command at the CLI which fixed the date/time. But at that point I could no longer login as admin via the web I/F either at the user login page or the administrative login page.

After restarting the entire Zimbra suite the problem disappeared.

The error in date/time was significant; it was over 48 hours in the future. One thing I noticed while shutting down Zimbra was the logger refused to stop. After waiting a few minutes I stopped it with a 'kill -9 PID' command and before it died a number of Zimbra processes fired up, ran for <3 secs. and stopped when the logger had stopped.

Here is the output of a process list after initiating the kill command:

admin@xxx:/opt/zimbra/bin$ ps aux|grep zim
zimbra 1002 0.6 0.1 5372 2712 ? Ss 10:04 0:00 /usr/bin/perl /opt/zimbra/libexec/zmstatuslog
zimbra 1009 1.4 0.2 7004 4332 ? S 10:04 0:00 /usr/bin/perl /opt/zimbra/bin/zmcontrol status
zimbra 1105 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? Z 10:04 0:00 [cron]
zimbra 1150 5.0 0.0 4260 1692 ? S 10:04 0:00 sh -c /opt/zimbra/bin/zmstorectl status > /tmp/zmcontrol.status.7imNK 2> /tmp/zmcontrol.error.n0kmZ
zimbra 1151 8.0 0.0 4284 1776 ? R 10:04 0:00 /bin/bash /opt/zimbra/bin/zmstorectl status
admin 1157 0.0 0.0 2880 796 pts/0 R+ 10:04 0:00 grep zim
zimbra 1158 0.0 0.0 2376 412 ? R 10:04 0:00 /bin/bash /opt/zimbra/bin/mysqladmin status

Is it simply the date/time inaccuracy that locked something up that caused the admin access to be unusable? Was this a coincidence with something else that was repaired with a restart? I could understand logger becoming confused but why would this break admin web access? Or am I just (un)lucky?

Please let me know what you think. I'm moving closer to production, possibly by the end of this week.

Steven White
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design