Bug 87397 - System crashes with hundreds of -bash spawned (1 user)
System crashes with hundreds of -bash spawned (1 user)
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: bash (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2003-03-26 11:59 EST by Carl Eaton
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:52 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-03-28 20:25:02 EST
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Description Carl Eaton 2003-03-26 11:59:23 EST
Description of problem:
System will lock up after few seconds of use.  Most notably
after logging in using ssh.  A "ps -ef" reveals hundreds of -bash 
spawned.  After that, "cat /proc/meminfo" shows no memory left.

Bug, s/w gone bad, or Virus?  

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
7.3  All updates possible installed. (Have subscription)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Login - especially with ssh
2."l" and "cd" some
3.check ps table and /proc/meminfo
Actual results:
System locks up after a few minutes.

Expected results:
Not lock up.  Not spawn hundreds of -bash processes.

Additional info:
It will still crash eventually but if I don't log in
it may run several hours before locking up.]

Mainly/Only use ssh, mail and web page.
Samba, telnet and ftp not even on the system.  I think my ipchains
is pretty strong.  Also a 6 hour memory test reveals no errors.
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2003-03-26 12:04:42 EST
This doesn't sound like a bash bug, but more like a misconfigured .bashrc in
your home directory or something.  What's in .bashrc?
Comment 2 Carl Eaton 2003-03-28 20:25:02 EST
I commented EVERYTHING out in /home/(loginname)/.bashrc and
/etc/bashrc.  Can't readily discover what is sucking up the memory now
but it slowly erodes away slow enough I am getting my data
dumped to another system and then will scratch the disk.

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