Runaway Rpm Process?

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I have a KVM virtual machine (several actually) which acts as a warm spare for another kvm instance running on a different physical host. Each hour it backs up the live system using rsync. This morning I
discovered that the backup instance was running at 99% utilisation and that the process consuming the entire virtual cpu was this:

sh -c rpm -q -a –queryformat

In fact there were two identical instances of these processes, one the parent of the other.

The vm instance does not have access to the internet as its physical host is connected to the physical host of the live kvm using a x-over patch cable.

Where is this process started from? What does it do? And why is it consuming so much cpu.?

Does anyone here have any ideas?

4 thoughts on - Runaway Rpm Process?

  • Am 12.07.2013 16:06, schrieb James B. Byrne:


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    It writes a file which contains a list of installed RPM packages on the system.


  • Am 13.07.2013 17:02, schrieb James B. Byrne:

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    Probably you had updates installed on the primary VM, then your rsync job did the syncronization while at the same time the rpm job had started on the secondary system, thus the database query (rpm_db is in fact a database) got confused and failed to operate properly. That’s to be expected if you work with a database and inject changes to its files with something like rsync.