HELP!! IDA sendmail and defunct processes

HELP!! IDA sendmail and defunct processes

Post by Paul R. Web » Thu, 10 Aug 1995 04:00:00



We are using IDA sendmail, dated 3/24/94 (I don't know the verion number),
on an HP running 9.01.  We have installed PINE 3.91 and pop/imap mail.
Sendmail is creating, over time, a large number of defunct sendmail
processes.  These processes fill the process table and kill the server.
Does anyone have any idea how I can fix this problem.  Right now I have a
cron job killing and starting sendmail every 15 min. to clean out the
process table.

Thanks for your help!
Paul R. Weber

 
 
 

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as the parent. Does any one know what might be going on? Here is
an excerpt from ps -ef:
  root   266   262 39 14:56:25 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/saf/ttymon
    root   227   223  2 14:56:10 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    root   190   189 80 14:55:59 ?        0:02 /usr/lib/sendmail -bd -q1h
    root   189     1 80 14:55:59 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/sendmail -bd -q1h
    root   223     1 20 14:56:10 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    root   226   223  1 14:56:10 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    root   225   223  3 14:56:10 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    root   228   223  2 14:56:10 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    root   229   223  1 14:56:10 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    root   230     1 68 14:56:10 ?        0:01 /usr/lib/nfs/mountd
    root   235   223  2 14:56:11 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    root   236   223  1 14:56:11 ?        0:00 /usr/lib/nfs/nfsd -a 8
    news   278   259 63 14:56:30 ?        0:01 /usr1/lib/news/bin/nntplink -i stdin endeavor.cta.com
    root  1340   145 80 15:09:35 ?        0:02 in.telnetd
    news   259     1 80 14:56:16 ?        0:56 /usr/local/etc/innd -p4 -i0 -c7 -r
    root  1373   189 65                   0:01 <defunct>
 ewebber  1342  1340 80 15:09:37 pts/0    0:01 -csh
    warb  1387  1382 80 15:16:10 pts/2    0:03 ps -ef
    news   830   259 80 15:01:29 ?        0:08 /usr/local/etc/in.nnrpd -s                                                
    root   888   189 60                   0:01 <defunct>

Thanks for any clues you can give me.

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