Bizarre "find" process running under owner "nobody"

Bizarre "find" process running under owner "nobody"

Post by Dr Paul Kinsl » Thu, 11 Mar 1999 04:00:00




> Few times a day I hear my machine (Linux 5.2 RedHat) working hard without me
> doing anything special.]
> Running "top" I can se a very heavy "find" process running, consuming a lot of
> cpu and owned by "nobody".
> Does anybody knows where is the "trigger" of this process? is it some sort of
> a "cron"?, housekeeping work etc.??  Where can I find the files that
> configure and invoke this process (or others??).

Isn't this updatedb being run by cron?  (man updateb, man cron)

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Bizarre "find" process running under owner "nobody"

Post by Seth Van Oor » Thu, 11 Mar 1999 04:00:00




> > Few times a day I hear my machine (Linux 5.2 RedHat) working hard without me
> > doing anything special.]
> > Running "top" I can se a very heavy "find" process running, consuming a lot of
> > cpu and owned by "nobody".
> > Does anybody knows where is the "trigger" of this process? is it some sort of
> > a "cron"?, housekeeping work etc.??  Where can I find the files that
> > configure and invoke this process (or others??).

> Isn't this updatedb being run by cron?  (man updateb, man cron)

It is.

Seth

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Bizarre "find" process running under owner "nobody"

Post by Thomas S. Urba » Thu, 11 Mar 1999 04:00:00



> Hi mates!

> Few times a day I hear my machine (Linux 5.2 RedHat) working hard without me
> doing anything special.

> Running "top" I can se a very heavy "find" process running, consuming a lot of
> cpu and owned by "nobody".

> Does anybody knows where is the "trigger" of this process? is it some sort of
> a "cron"?, housekeeping work etc.??  Where can I find the files that
> configure and invoke this process (or others??).

Probably the locate database getting updated.  Check crontab
entries for root and nobody to see what's going on.

I think it's /etc/crontab, but check
%man cron
%man crontab
%locate crontab
to find it.

 
 
 

Bizarre "find" process running under owner "nobody"

Post by M. Buchenried » Thu, 11 Mar 1999 04:00:00


[...]

Quote:>Running "top" I can se a very heavy "find" process running, consuming a lot of
>cpu and owned by "nobody".

[...]

man crontab
man updatedb

Michael
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