pfSense too many processes
We had a 2.4.5-p1 unit go crazy recently because it had too many processes. It ran out of memory and was unmanageable. Luckily the VPN was still up and I was able to login to the UPS and power cycle the whole shebang.
Anyway, that lead to us looking for too many processes on units. I found an sg3100 2.4.5-p1 with 81 defunct processes. It looks like when more defunct processes appear, they come in about groups of 20 or so.
These processes have name ?
From the ps(1) man page:
When printing using the command keyword, a process that has exited and has a parent that has not yet waited for the process (in other words, a zombie) is listed as "<defunct>", and a process which is blocked while trying to exit is listed as "<exiting>".
You mean you actually see that word, defunct and not the name of the process that waits / died ?
to see all process.
I never (or very rarely) saw such a process(s)using the top command :
last pid: 44778; load averages: 0.22, 0.17, 0.16 up 3+22:33:40 07:32:52 91 processes: 1 running, 90 sleeping CPU: 0.2% user, 3.1% nice, 0.4% system, 0.2% interrupt, 96.2% idle Mem: 56M Active, 1415M Inact, 19M Laundry, 358M Wired, 190M Buf, 83M Free Swap: 4096M Total, 99M Used, 3996M Free, 2% Inuse
This is a recent, clean install ?
You use packages ? If so, what happens if you disable them all ?