Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 208345
Hundreds of zombies on my system
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:44 EST
Description of problem:
Since yum installed glibc 2.4-11 on the 16th of this month, my system has been
accumulating zombies at a horrific rate.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use the system
2. Note the number of processes creeping up at a fairly fast clip.
Over 700 processes on my system, and increasing at a constant rate.
Approximately 200-250 processes on my system at any given time.
See the above munin graph showing the number of processes increasing.
I'm attaching the results of a "ps auwwfx".
Created attachment 137260 [details]
An additional symptom: when I try to shutdown, I get the following:
shutdown: timeout opening/writing control channel /dev/initctl
init: timeout opening/writing control channel /dev/initctl
I had to hit the reset button to reboot.
Rebooting appears to have fixed the problem. It appears that upgrading
something, probably glibc, without rebooting was the cause.
Couldn't reproduce this on any of the 6 boxes I have upgraded FC5 glibc to.
If anything, it would be a kernel issue.