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Spamd powered to 100% and kill -9 does not work

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by graffix, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. graffix

    graffix Guest


    we have massive problems with spamassassin:

    i see under top that spamd is running over 140 minutes with 99,99% of cpu.
    We stopped SA but the spamd process is still persist. kill -9 <pid> doesn´t work and spamd is killing the cpu.

    How can we delete this process without a hardware restart?

    Thanks for helps
  2. jamesyeeoc

    jamesyeeoc Guest

    Try doing all the following (in order):

    /etc/init.d/spamassassin stop

    killall -9 spamd (that's a number nine)

    killall -g spamd (that's a lowercase gee letter)

    other than that, personally I'd reboot the server.
  3. graffix

    graffix Guest


    witg -g (gee) i got invalid signal specification?

    thanks for help
  4. jamesyeeoc

    jamesyeeoc Guest

    do a 'killall --help' or 'info killall' and see what yours has as an option to kill a 'group' of processes.

    On all my RedHat boxes the -g (gee) option works.

    Or you could try repeating the killall -9 spamd (number nine) until all spamd processes are killed.

    Use ps -ax | grep 'spamd' to see how many spamd processes are running at any given time.

    Also see this thread for additional things to check once you get your server back under control: (see AtomicRocketTurtle's post)