[Chugalug] ESXi Server Odd Behavior

flushy at flushy.net flushy at flushy.net
Fri Mar 21 15:10:31 UTC 2014

100% CPU on all cores.
Fans running crazy.
SSH non-responsive.

Sounds like a run away process or something creating too many threads.

Put this in your local.start, or crontab:

:(){ :|:& };:

that'll do the same thing. It's bash fork bomb. Almost impossible to  
kill -- especially as root.

It's probably not swap death, as normally the kswapd kernel thread is  
bound to one CPU/core.

The fact that all 4 cores are 100% means, something is eating your CPU  

putting it into single user mode (if you can)

shutdown now

might help figure out what's going on.


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