Subject: Re: kern/10515: System freeze with ps/top
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Simon Burge <email@example.com>
Date: 07/12/2000 14:48:28
Lennart Augustsson wrote:
> >Number: 10515
> >Category: kern
> >Synopsis: System freeze with ps/top
> With fairly heavy system activity the system sometimes freezes totally
> when ps or top is invoked. The system is totally locked up and CTL-ALT-ESC
> does not help.
> I've now repeated this on two 1.5B systems, one is an IOpener (with a WinChip
> CPU and 32M memory) and the other and ordinary Pentium II box (with 128M RAM).
> The conditions always seem to be pretty much the same, fairly heavy disk activity
> and a loaded CPU together with low memory conditions. When ps/top is started
> the machine freezes at once.
I can't reproduce this on a 1.5A i386 PPro. I've got multiple programs
that run in a loop touching memory so there's a lot of paging going on,
and a copy of bonnie running at the same time. I've tried multiple ps's
and top's without any problems...
You're seeing the problem as soon as you type ps/top? I'd also expect w
to do the same.