Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 3195
/sbin/init goes bananas in memory full
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:50 EDT
On two of our Redhat 5.2 machines, we has experienced a
We discovered that the machines had lots of zombi processes.
'ps axl' on other machiens tells me that init normally
rests in 'do_select'. On the problematic machines, it
rested in 'pause', and did not respond to any signals.
The zombi processes was a result of init not collecting
I beleave this has happended when the machines in question
went out of free memory - a runaway netscape. rwhod,
syslogd and crond was also dead.
init should not go crasy in any case, so the problem should
There are many, many problems, not just with /sbin/init, that
occur when there is insufficient swap space to run linux.