[Mailman-Users] fork bomb every night from mailman crons

Richard Barrett r.barrett at openinfo.co.uk
Sat Aug 23 22:17:32 CEST 2003

On Saturday, August 23, 2003, at 08:54  pm, Jens Gutzeit wrote:

> On Saturday 23 August 2003 21:32, you wrote:
>> On Friday, August 22, 2003, at 03:11  pm, Jens Gutzeit wrote:
>>> Every night we have a forkbomb from mailman processes
>> What does this technical term mean?
> It means, mailman forks very often, we had over 50 python processes 
> running
> (owned by mailman), a few seconds before that there were only the few 
> qrunner
> processes running.
> A few seconds later they die, but the load while forking and dieing is 
> very
> high (we had a load of 37).
> Last night it didn't occour, so I can't strace something.
> I have mailman running on Debian Woody 3. We have another server 
> running SuSE
> 8.1 with Mailman, there we haven't any problems. We use the latest  
> stable
> version on both machines.
Which version of Mailman is that? MM 2.0.? or MM 2.1.?

Any idea which of the cron jobs in Mailman's crontab is generating 
these processes?

How does the time the problem appears correlate with the execution time 
of the jobs in MM's crontab entries.
> Jens

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