Posted on 2002-06-25
Since changing from SCO-UNIX to Linux, we noticed that it is easier to produce cpu "runaways". For example, if you start a telnet session to the server, then start the shell utility "top", then ungracefully exit top (by killing the telnet session)...the "top" process continues to run but in what appears to be a race condition (uses all available cpu). I can do this (runaway) also with our propietary app, but some apps/tools do not do this , like netconfig... The "runaways" appear to be pleasent ones, just consiming cpu as it is available (look nasty, but dont seem to load down the system).