100-200 load average on an idle system: Help!
thorin at trouble.net.au
Wed Jan 10 01:41:13 UTC 2007
Many thanks for your reply.
Steen Eugen Poulsen wrote:
> Thorne Lawler wrote:
>> Tasks: 362 total, 2 running, 360 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
> Thats an insane number of processes.your running around 300 processes
> more than make sense for a fresh machine.
> Even my fully loaded multi service server is just hitting 130.
This is a multi-service machine itself, and not exactly brand new. It
runs a web-server, an IMAP server, and postfix tricked out with a
multitude of filters. I could see the number of processes getting large,
but now that you point it out, I'm kicking myself for not just paging
through a complete ps to see what was making up the numbers.
> Mem: 499648k total, 489568k used, 10080k free, 21220k buffers
> Swap: 1502068k total, 88k used, 1501980k free, 159440k cached
> 362 processes but not a matching memory load... You have some runaway
> script that spawns itself over and over, perhaps they are all blocking
> reading the same shared mutex (load without CPU usage).
Thanks. I will check this possibility out when I next see the load going
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