Thanx to all who replied
Michael E Salehi
Satish B Movva
The problem actually that we have was caused by one of the apache module
"php3", which when httpd looses connection from the forked process was
casuing in a hell lot of "defunct" process. We stopped the httpd and
re-started it which solve the problem temprorarily, but still looking into
the problem to get it solved.
There are also different options, depending on the nature of cause.
The problem could occur if all the "ttys" have been occupied and you dont
have left to spawn any new process or the system process limit has been
this could be rectified by inceasing the proc_size in /etc/system file
set pt_cnt = 1000 or what ever number you wanna put.
then do a "boot -r" to make the effect.
Also the situation can arise if the swap gets full, which can be verified by
looking at "swap -s" or "swap -l" command.
Thanx to all again who replied.
Raj Jangalwa mailto:email@example.com
Dev. Support Team
ETSD 250 Vesey Street
WFC-NT 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10281-1315
Phone :- 212-449-4753
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jangalwa, Dheeraj (ETS - Equity Development Support)
> Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 1:07 PM
> To: 'sun-managers'
> Subject: Vfork failed???
> Hi All,
> I have recently started seeing some errors on my Ultra 250 box with 2.6 on
> when i login as root, it gives me an error message like "Vfork failed",
> although it lets me in.
> Also in the "/var/adm/messages" file I am seeing some errors like
> unix: out of per-user process for uid 1
> unix: out of process.
> Any idea whats causing this. I looked in sunsolve, couldnt find anything
> Thanx in advance
> Raj Jangalwa mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
> Dev. Support Team
> ETSD 250 Vesey Street
> WFC-NT 11th Fl.
> New York, NY 10281-1315
> Phone :- 212-449-4753
> Alpha pager :- 1-888-MERRIL-0
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