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
```

`/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`pstree -p`

? What are the commandline parameters of the`rpm`

processes -`ps -f`

? – pabouk Jul 3 '13 at 14:44