Description of problem:
System sometimes gets into a state where "ps -ef" hangs completely
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
# rpm -q -f /bin/ps
# ps -V
procps version 3.2.6
This has happened twice to me now,
I don't know how to force it to happen again, but once it starts it remains
until a reboot.
Steps to Reproduce:
"ps -ef" prints a partial process listing, then hangs mid-output, can't be
stopped with ^C ^D ^Z etc
finishes process listing
While "ps -ef" was hanging, I tried to use top to see if it would also hang, but
it worked OK, I couldn't spot any rogue processes that might be upsetting ps,
however gnome-system-monitor refused to startup so maybe it is caught by the
a "ps" with no argcuments does run properly.
I realise this alone is not enough to diagnose the issue, given that it has
happened twice in a few days, I assume it will happen to me again, if/when it
does any suggestions on further information that can be obtained at that time? a
listing of /proc perhaps?
Haven't seen this re-occur in any recent kernels, probably best to resolve as