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SubjectRe: /proc/<pidnumber>/stat hangs reading process

> Hello,
> basically this posting is about the same problem as one I posted in
> September:
> It's essentially the same situation: I was running mozilla and it stopped
> responding to any input. I tried to kill it with control-c, kill and
> finally with kill -9, but none helped. When I tried to look at the output
> of top and ps, the exactly same symptons appeared; those processes didn't
> finish and can't be killed either. When I do strace ps the output ends
> at:
> stat64("/proc/16515", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0555, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
> open("/proc/16515/stat", O_RDONLY) = 7
> read(7,

I'm having this problem too, for a long time. It's usually associated with big loads ( for my machine, of course, a PII-233 ). It has happened while opening lot's of pages with opera, but has also happened while compiling 3 kernels at the same time and playing a video with xine or aviplay.

The behavior is the same: ps blocks, gtop blocks, killall blocks, anything that tries to get the process information blocks too.

The machine can be used as long as a program does not try to call the problematic function, whitch I wasn't able to trace down.

I haven't had this problem for a while, basically because I try not to stress these ``hanging'' applications anymore, so that I can work, but I'll try to see if I can reproduce the bug with the new VM.

The problem is: what can we do, to investigate the problem, once ps starts to block?



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