From: Donncha O Caoimh (donncha.ocaoimh at domain tradesignals.com)
Date: Thu 17 Feb 2000 - 12:55:48 GMT
I had the exact same problem about a year ago you might remember. Had a
nice uptime on the machine too :(
Anyway, people suggested going into single user mode and various other
fixes to no avail, all I could do was reboot..
Kenn Humborg wrote:
> Two nights ago, one of my linux boxes was tar-ing
> some stuff onto an NT share, like:
> $ smbmount //nt/share /mnt ...
> $ tar cvzf /mnt/file.tgz /dir
> For some reason, this job never finished. The user
> specified in the smbmount command has restricted
> log-on times to the sever, so the SMB session was
> probably forcibly terminated by the server before
> the tar finished.
> This morning, when I noticed this (because last night's
> job didn't work at all), I tried to kill off the stuck
> job. However, the tar and gzip processes won't die.
> The gzip is stuck in zombie (which is OK because once tar
> dies, init will inherit gzip and reap it). But the tar
> process is stuck in run (state R), but isn't using any
> CPU time. This is, of course, giving me an artificially
> inflated load average.
> kill -9 is having no effect on this tar process. Any ideas
> on what else I could do to kill it? Apart from rebooting,
> of course.
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