Big trouble with cron - high systemload and not working jobs

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we do have some big problems with one of our RHEL3 (running the latest
updates) Servers.

Since last week the systemload increases within two or three days up to
60! and no cronjobs are done anymore, they hang.

The jobs are the usual systemjobs (make-whatis, updatedb for slocate)
and our backupscript which worked fine for the last two years.

Furthormore some servises hang, e.g. NetAtalk (appletalk fileservises),
ssh login and local login. For example Samba still works fine.

If I reboot the server, all jobs will be killed and for one or two days
the load is not above 1 and all servises are fine, crond ass well.

Restarting or killing the crond and the cronjobs fail too.

Any troubleshooting hints? googling didn't helped so far and there are
no usable logmessages :-(

Thanks a lot and best regards

Götz Reinicke
Götz Reinicke
IT Koordinator

Tel. +49 7141 969 420
Fax  +49 7141 969 55 420
mailto:[email protected]

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Mathildenstr. 20
71638 Ludwigsburg

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