How to investigate mysterious processes
tburns at hawaii.edu
Tue Mar 4 23:07:26 UTC 2008
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 10:47 PM, Tomasz Torcz <tomek at crocom.com.pl> wrote:
> > Dnia 20-02-2008, śro o godzinie 10:40 -1000, Dave Burns pisze:
> > > When I do ps -ef, I see a mysterious process:
> > >
> > > ps -ef|grep scsi_eh_5
> > > root 31004 11 0 09:29 ? 00:00:00 [scsi_eh_5]
> > >
> > > How do I figure out what is really running, what rpm its from, etc.?
> > > What do the brackets [...] indicate?
> > "ps" prints brackets when process arguments are not available to read.
What gets put inside the brackets?
> > This is typical for kernel threads.
So  always means kernel thread, or sometimes? Usually? Kernel thread
until proven innocent?
> >scsi_eh_5 is a kernel thread, a SCSI
> > Error Handler. It is spawned for each SCSI host in computer (there
> > should be EH thread for each /sys/class/scsi_host/* )
How did you figure this out? What documentation could I consult to
find this answer myself?
The actual answer to the question is less important to me than
learning how to find the answer.
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