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Old 04-02-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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gam_server process


What is gam_server used for? What happens if you disable it?
It is using up a lot of CPU.
RHEL 4.8
 
Old 04-02-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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What is gam_server used for? What happens if you disable it?
It is using up a lot of CPU.
RHEL 4.8
If you put "what is gam_server" into Google, you'll find lots of answers; that is usually a good place to start. Some of the answers are even on this site, which you can also search:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...roblem-617716/
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-start-568058/
http://rheladmin.blogspot.com/2007/0...w-to-stop.html

You are using a very old version of RHEL...updating it will 'fix' the bugs. Also, you may want to contact Red Hat support, since you're paying for it, right?
 
Old 06-03-2013, 05:45 AM   #3
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What is gam_server used for? What happens if you disable it?
The question I had was: "How to disable it?"

I install and manage 'non-gui' Centos 5.x systems. I noticed some had 'gam_server' running and some did not, and the systems all perform fine either way, so obviously in my case it is *not* needed.

As a general practice I disable two very annoying services: 'yum-updatesd' and 'sendmail'. I noticed I had forgotten to disable those two services on the systems that had the 'gam_server' running. I disabled the two annoying services using 'chkconfig', rebooted and no more 'gam_server' in my process list.

Could not find hints to this solution anywhere (even using Google) so I decided to post it in this forum. Your 'recent' post here the closest thing to my issue, I posted to your thread for other Google users to find.

BTW: You wrote a really fine post. Thanks for that! A highly *relevant* subject line (instead of generic "I have a question") and the post itself also very direct. I'm sorry I don't have more appropriate information to answer you questions ... *respectfully*. Don't you just hate it when first reply you get is a *totally* ignorant and useless comment suggesting you go use Google, like you are too stupid to have done that beforehand ... which ultimately is what led you to post the question in the forum in the first place? Yeh!! I hate it when that happens.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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The question I had was: "How to disable it?"

I install and manage 'non-gui' Centos 5.x systems. I noticed some had 'gam_server' running and some did not, and the systems all perform fine either way, so obviously in my case it is *not* needed.

As a general practice I disable two very annoying services: 'yum-updatesd' and 'sendmail'. I noticed I had forgotten to disable those two services on the systems that had the 'gam_server' running. I disabled the two annoying services using 'chkconfig', rebooted and no more 'gam_server' in my process list.

Could not find hints to this solution anywhere (even using Google) so I decided to post it in this forum. Your 'recent' post here the closest thing to my issue, I posted to your thread for other Google users to find.

BTW: You wrote a really fine post. Thanks for that! A highly *relevant* subject line (instead of generic "I have a question") and the post itself also very direct. I'm sorry I don't have more appropriate information to answer you questions ... *respectfully*. Don't you just hate it when first reply you get is a *totally* ignorant and useless comment suggesting you go use Google, like you are too stupid to have done that beforehand ... which ultimately is what led you to post the question in the forum in the first place? Yeh!! I hate it when that happens.
...and since the OP posted about RHEL 4.8 (not CentOS 5), never said if they were running a GUI at all (which might REQUIRE the gam_server), if they were running sendmail/postfix, or gave any details about their installation, your advice certainly falls within the "totally ignorant and useless" realm.

If you had read the links provided, you'd have seen some possible solutions...the third even addresses the sendmail/IMAP issue. The Red Hat bug reports (which Google can find, amazingly enough), also note this issue, and fix it..which is why I asked the OP those questions. Do you somehow 'know' that the OP did any searches? Because apparently, you use a different version of Google than I do...I found 1.34 MILLION hits for it, so when things are easy to find, it's probably safe to assume someone didn't look.
 
Old 06-04-2013, 06:44 PM   #5
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1. The *topic* on the OP was simply "gam_server" << pretty direct /pretty generic.
2. The opening line presented 2 very distinct questions. << also pretty direct /also pretty generic.
3. Nether question directly nor indirectly implies the OP was seeking *solution*, had a problem to begin with, or was looking for justification to upgrade.
4. The OP added additional comments to their post, but again, I do not see anything there to specifically imply RH4.8 is their one and only exclusive point of interest. It might be RH4.8 is a requirement for them, for whatever reason. Not for us to decide their need when they have not asked for that advice.

Both questions are worded in a generic manner. Not even implying they require assistance in finding a way to disable it. Only asking what will happen.

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...your advice certainly falls within the "totally ignorant and useless" realm.
Please read my post again and help find where exactly I was *advising* anyone to do anything. I guess I'm growing blind. I can't see it.

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...I found 1.34 MILLION hits for it, so when things are easy to find, it's probably safe to assume someone didn't look.
Yes, I found plenty myself. Most of which said authoritatively "don't disable", or "it is necessary, leave it alone", or combination of the two, or other very similar comments, which I know to be incorrect *as blank statements*. In fact, I found so much useless and/or confusing information that I gave up on Google altogether and resolved *my gam_server* issue through further examination on the systems I had at hand. Then I can here to *share* my discovery and *never* actually advised anyone to do anything.

Google is not necessarily the best way to get an answer. In case you did not notice, this forum is aimed specifically at linux *newbies* -- where *newbies* come when overwhelmed with perplexing information. In case you didn't notice, your generally derogatory reply scared that OP so bad they did not even bother to post back to say thanks for your disconnected and otherwise insulting assistance... since they never actually said they had a problem, were trying to fix anything, or anything even remotely close to it. I certainly don't see anything in the OP about seeking *solutions* or trying to fix sendmail or IMAP.

Well, at least you found good opportunity to kick the dog so can't really say it was all for not. Hope you have a better day tomorrow. Maybe kick two newbies at a time. Can you do that? Can you kick two at a time?

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #6
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@TBOne
1. The *topic* on the OP was simply "gam_server" << pretty direct /pretty generic.
Nope. The topic was "gam_server process".
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2. The opening line presented 2 very distinct questions. << also pretty direct /also pretty generic.
3. Nether question directly nor indirectly implies the OP was seeking *solution*, had a problem to begin with, or was looking for justification to upgrade.
They said specifically "It is using up a lot of CPU.". Seems like a problem description, along with the question of "how to disable it".
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4. The OP added additional comments to their post
No, sorry, the OP didn't add ANY 'additional comments to their post
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but again, I do not see anything there to specifically imply RH4.8 is their one and only exclusive point of interest. It might be RH4.8 is a requirement for them, for whatever reason. Not for us to decide their need when they have not asked for that advice.
The fact that they ONLY mentioned RHEL4.8 certainly says they were only interested in it. If they were interested in anything else, they probably would have listed it. And no one ever said they shouldn't be running it...only that it was old, and that upgrading it would solve the problem since there were SEVERAL RHEL bug reports listed, that addressed that bug. A paid-for RHEL subscription would get them the 4.8 update, and solve the problem of CPU usage.
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Both questions are worded in a generic manner. Not even implying they require assistance in finding a way to disable it. Only asking what will happen.

Please read my post again and help find where exactly I was *advising* anyone to do anything. I guess I'm growing blind. I can't see it.
Advising, no...hinting strongly at, certainly. And since as you say, this is for 'newbies', wouldn't saying what YOU did confuse someone who didn't know any better??
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Yes, I found plenty myself. Most of which said authoritatively "don't disable", or "it is necessary, leave it alone", or combination of the two, or other very similar comments, which I know to be incorrect *as blank statements*. In fact, I found so much useless and/or confusing information that I gave up on Google altogether and resolved *my gam_server* issue through further examination on the systems I had at hand. Then I can here to *share* my discovery and *never* actually advised anyone to do anything.
...yet the bug reports for RHEL 4.8 specifically address the bug, and there's nothing confusing listed unless the system is running a GUI. If you're not using a GUI, you can safely disable it.
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Google is not necessarily the best way to get an answer. In case you did not notice, this forum is aimed specifically at linux *newbies* -- where *newbies* come when overwhelmed with perplexing information. In case you didn't notice, your generally derogatory reply scared that OP so bad they did not even bother to post back to say thanks for your disconnected and otherwise insulting assistance... since they never actually said they had a problem, were trying to fix anything, or anything even remotely close to it. I certainly don't see anything in the OP about seeking *solutions* or trying to fix sendmail or IMAP.
No, they DID state a problem and question, and if you check, you'll see THOUSANDS of threads on here that are NEVER answered/acknowledged, no matter how the answer is phrased. And the sendmail/IMAP solution I posted previously certainly fits in with you disabling sendmail to stop the gam_server.
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Well, at least you found good opportunity to kick the dog so can't really say it was all for not. Hope you have a better day tomorrow. Maybe kick two newbies at a time. Can you do that? Can you kick two at a time?
If you reopen an old thread, post an update to it, and ADD knowledge. You didn't, and just seemed to want to make a snotty comment.

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Old 06-04-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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Gents, please, can we cut the nonsense, and return to the subject of helping the
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