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for some reason there are 40+ rpm processes running under root and are taking 100% of all 32 CPU's on a server. has someone encountered this before? running on RHEL 6.1.. I'm just curious if anyone has seen this or something similar, there are 7 other boxes with the exact same configuration, but that's the only one with issues.

16491 root      20   0 70648 3172 2520 R 22.4  0.0   4113:38 rpm
30976 root      20   0 70648 3164 2512 R 22.4  0.0   1870:30 rpm
 2509 root      20   0  163m 3268 2620 R 20.8  0.0   6506:13 rpm
11534 root      20   0 70648 3164 2516 R 20.8  0.0   1271:55 rpm
17443 root      20   0 70648 3168 2520 R 20.8  0.0   5329:28 rpm
18041 root      20   0 70648 3160 2512 R 20.8  0.0   3710:12 rpm
24687 root      20   0 70648 3168 2520 R 20.8  0.0   2255:58 rpm
30295 root      20   0 70648 3160 2512 R 20.8  0.0 658:31.04 rpm
  415 root      20   0 70648 3164 2516 R 19.2  0.0   2612:31 rpm
 1772 root      20   0 70648 3160 2512 R 19.2  0.0  15973:06 rpm
 2714 root      20   0 70648 3164 2516 R 19.2  0.0  15760:34 rpm
 3022 root      20   0 70648 3160 2512 R 19.2  0.0   9138:11 rpm
 3694 root      20   0 70648 3164 2516 R 19.2  0.0   9075:03 rpm
 6114 root      20   0 70648 2744 2096 R 19.2  0.0  20164:31 rpm
 7162 root      20   0 70648 3164 2516 R 19.2  0.0  12930:45 rpm
 7828 root      20   0 70648 3168 2516 R 19.2  0.0  12870:39 rpm
11104 root      20   0 70648 3160 2512 R 19.2  0.0   1258:59 rpm
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Welcome to SO! Your question is better suited for one of our sibling sites. It should get migrated there after there is consensus. –  Brian Cain Jun 20 '13 at 14:25
    
BTW, see if you can dump /proc/pid/stack (for each line in your top output, the pid is in the leftmost column). If that doesn't yield anything useful, check gstack pid. –  Brian Cain Jun 20 '13 at 14:29
    
What are the parents of the processes - pstree -p? What are the commandline parameters of the rpm processes - ps -f? –  pabouk Jul 3 '13 at 14:44

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