Our webserver at work went unresponsive a few minutes ago, and I thought I was going to need to reboot the thing, which would have been a shame:
erika@lpdweb erika $ uptime 14:46:55 up 299 days, 14:21, 1 user, load average: 0.06, 0.09, 0.07
I know that's not the longest uptime ever, but it's not too shabby. You just hate to reboot once you've gotten up that high.
I ended up just having to plug into the console and restart the network stack. Things came back up fine after that. I'll have to grep through the logs now to see what really happened.
My boss likes to (sarcastically) joke with me about how I'm always rebooting our linux servers to fix things...I'm glad that I didn't have to reboot this time. It would have given him more ammo to use against me :-)