[Serusers] defunct process

Andrei Pelinescu-Onciul pelinescu-onciul at fokus.fraunhofer.de
Fri Jun 6 16:53:37 CEST 2003

On Jun 06, 2003 at 22:04, Wong Tsang Han <tsanghan at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hello All,
> I have installed ser-0.8.11pre29-1 on RedHat 9.0. When I start ser by script
> /etc/init.d/ser or directly using /usr/sbin/ser, the process SOMETIMES hangs
> at the Aliases line show below. When I list the process table, I observed
> there was a defunct process. Now, this does not happen ALL the time when I
> starts ser. Sometime, /use/sbin/ser or init script will start fine without a
> hiccup. I also notice that the defunct process is ALWAYS the second lowest
> process id among all ser processes. Can this be a case of race condition for
> the parent process to exit without waiting for the child?
> I did not encounter this using ser-0.8.10 on RedHat 7.3. However, I do
> remember encountering this behavior once when running ser-0.8.10 on RedHat
> 9.0, I have removed 0.8.10 and installed 0.8.11 since then for testing
> 0.8.11. Could this be a problem of RedHat 9.0? Is anyone experience this or
> am I the only one?

I'm afraid you are the only one :-) We haven't encoutered this before.

Could you send us the config file and could you also look in the syslog
for lines starting with ser? (it might log some messages to syslog when
it dies).


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