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I was monitoring a geographically distant email server via
ssh and multitail when I got a call that no one (multiple
customers) can access their email.
It *appears* that multitail has filled up my process table with
zombie ('tail <defunct>') processes. Multitail was the only
thing running that would have created a tail process as best
as I can tell.
I was able to run a 'ps xauw' and saw many, many of these zombies.
I am now having someone in the area drive to the machine to
hard reset it (because the process table is full and I have
not been able to run shutdown on my existing ssh connection,
due to '-bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable'. Lucky
I got the ps to run.
I'll send more information after the email server is rebooted
(e.g. multitail version, uname info, etc.).
Portland, Oregon, USA
+1 503 283 5284