Re: ps -axf core dump strangeness

Louis Mandelstam (
Fri, 13 Dec 1996 09:27:01 +0200 (SAT)

On Thu, 12 Dec 1996, Greg Alexander wrote:

> It's a bug in ps. The "state" is when you have more than 64 processes
> loaded, most likely. cat /proc/loadavg. it should have a pair of numbers
> like 2/31 31 is the number of processes you have, 2 is the number that
> are active right now. I suspect you'll find a pattern to these numbers
> when your ps is not working.

Tested it, and yes, the problem comes and goes reliably following

Looked for, found, and installed a fixed procps from the RedHat devel
directory, and my problem is fixed.

Thanks a stack.

The daemon dying problem needs further looking into - I'll post again when
I have more to say about it.

One correspondent has suggested it being related to APM, I have my doubts
but if the opportunity for some downtime comes around I'll look into that.


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