The system takes over

Peter Smith peter.smith at
Tue Nov 26 11:25:01 CST 2002

I've had some similar experiences with Redhat 8.0 and I haven't been 
able to find the cause.  It seems unrelated to hardware.  I've had a 
system on which a "df" would never return.  "ps" would start to hang as 
well.  They would zombie out, never to come back.  I'd wind up having to 
reboot to clear them out.  I've been keeping my eyes open for causes but 
haven't come across anything yet.  Perhaps this is a new glibc problem?

Peter Smith

Norman Gaywood wrote:

>On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 06:17:49PM -0600, Steve_Boley at wrote:
>>Looks like sshd is hanging processes and loading up the system.  When you
>>did the ps -auxwf your sshd process is showing 99.9% cpu utilization.
>But could that not be the ps being starved of CPU because the processors
>are spending so much time in "system time"? There are other ssh sessions
>running top that don't have a high %CPU. I would think that the ps
>command has a high %CPU because that was the command that was running at
>the time.

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