On my main devel box, vanilla 2.6.23 on x86-64/Fedora-7, I'm seeing a
certain behavior at least once a day. I'll start a kernel build (make
-sj5 on this box), and it will "hang" in the following way:
31003 ? S 0:04 sshd: [email protected]/0
31004 pts/0 Ss 0:02 \_ -bash
8280 pts/0 S+ 0:00 \_ make ARCH=i386 -sj4
8690 pts/0 Z+ 0:00 \_ [rm] <defunct>
8691 pts/0 S+ 0:00 \_ /bin/sh -c cat include/config/kernel.release 2> /dev/null
8692 pts/0 R+ 6:12 \_ cat include/config/kernel.release
Specifically, the symptom is a process, often a simple one like cat(1)
or rm(1) or somewhere in check-headers, will stay in the running state,
accumulating CPU time.
If I Ctrl-C the build, and start over, the build will normally -not- get
stuck at the same point, but proceed to chew through one of a bazillion
I also see this occasionally on my main workstation (also
2.6.23/x86-64/Fedora-7), though not as frequently.
This is a new behavior since the new scheduler was merged... I think.
Nothing more concrete to report at this time. I cannot easily reproduce
the behavior, as it happens [apparently] randomly sometime during the
day. Generally, the files these programs are dealing with are -always-
in the pagecache, if that makes any difference.
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