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If I try to kill the process with kill -9 nothing, even kill -11 doesn't even work. Any clue as to what might be causing this as it seems that the only thing that I can do is reboot the machine. This is unexpected. High load average is due to either a task chewing a lot of CPU time or a task stuck in uninterruptible sleep.
16:01:17 up 187 days, 3:30, 1 user, load average: 3.00, 3.00, 3.00
USER TTY FROM LOGIN@ IDLE JCPU PCPU WHAT
adams pts/0 nyusge03 3:54pm 0.00s 0.06s 0.01s w
But then after running
ps -aux | grep D
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
root 2321 0.0 0.0 11636 3396 ? D 2007 1:32 /usr/sbin/snmpd -s -l /dev/null -P /var/run/snmpd -C -c /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf
root 27823 0.0 0.0 3788 612 ? D 2007 0:14 df -h
root 11305 0.0 0.0 3784 612 ? D 2007 0:00 df -h
It seems to me that snmpd is doing a call out, but is not able to start. When trying to stop snmpd, it fails. Not sure why it would show so many df processes running and there is no script running in the crontab...What I had to do was reboot the machine in order to get the machine back to normal... We use a monitoring service called watch tower that uses snmpd walk to communicate with the machine... not sure if this may be a factor in this issue.