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Old 01-20-2007, 03:26 PM   #1
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Question service start/stop command stalls.....

Been having a strange issue with my server since FC6 install.
Currently at kernel version 2.6.19-1.2895.fc6 #1 SMP

Have the box booting up in runlevel 3. When I enter the command
service vsftpd start (or stop), the machine will stall out, for 2-10
minutes before the command finishes and the prompt shows back up.

During this time, something is eating up huge amounts of ram, and sometimes
even thrashing on the swap file. Machine is a P4 2400 with 2 gig ram.

Same thing if I use service iptables start/stop, so it is not related to
the vsftpd config, which does work fine once it finally loads.

If I have the service starting automatically at boot time, it loads up
fine with no delay.

Everything else seems to be running fine on it. Only clue from top is
there seems to be a unicode_start process bouncing around in the list while
this is happening.
Sometimes multiple copies of it.

Never had these issues with RH9 or FC4 on the same machine.

Anybody got any ideas ?

Thanks in advance.
Old 01-20-2007, 03:44 PM   #2
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Have you booted with a non smp kernel?
Could be an issue with that precompiled kernel?
Has older versions of the kernel worked fine using the service command?

Old 01-20-2007, 04:03 PM   #3
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With FC6, choosing smp or non-smp doesnt seem to be an option. Believe it
just provides one, that detects if your processor is smp or not.

Unknown if it is issue with the precompiled kernel.

Did not have this issue with FC4 kernels that were current up to a month ago, but
those are now gone off this machine as I did a fresh install of FC6.

Note, it is using the i686 kernel, not i586.


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