Re: Unkillable processes?
On Wednesday 16 July 2003 21:32, Bradley M Alexander wrote:
> Today I noticed a number of processes, normal housekeeping stuff, like
> anacron, run-parts, etc that are in a sleeping state, but can't be killed.
> I'm starting to wonder if the reason I can only get about 30 days or less
> out of the firewall is that the process table fills up and things slow to a
> Not only can the processes be killed (with a kill -9 as root), but if I
> start a process, it seems at the moment that I cannot kill any hung process
> (for instance, requesting a man page did not ever display said page, so I
> tried to control-c out of it, and was unsuccessful.
> A few of the processes showing up now are
> root 4659 0.0 0.7 1348 696 ? S Jul15 0:00 anacron -s
> root 7260 0.0 0.5 1308 496 ? SN Jul15 0:00 run-parts
> t /etc/cron.daily
> root 5164 0.0 1.0 2040 984 ? SN Jul15 0:00 /bin/sh
> root 7177 0.0 1.0 2076 1028 ? SN Jul15 0:00 /bin/sh
> root 19375 0.0 1.0 2076 972 ? SN Jul15 0:00 /bin/sh
> root 13227 0.0 0.5 7160 488 ? SN Jul15 0:00 sort -f
> root 13092 0.0 0.2 1188 284 ? SN Jul15 0:00
> storm 26028 0.0 0.6 1964 576 pts/1 D 14:21 0:00 man ps
Assuming that everything else works, I'd think it's dud memory. Try running
memtest86 for some time. That's the only thing that made my always-on boxes
misbehave up to now.
An alternative idea would be that you're running an extremely funky kernel
(early 2.4 series perhaps?) that could need upgrading.