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sysctl -a hangs

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES9)
Novell Linux Desktop 9 (NLD9)

x86_64 architecture (AMD 64-bit or Intel EM64T)


sysctlis used to check and modify kernel parameters at runtime. The parameters available are thoselisted under/proc/sys/and the proc filesystem is required for sysctl support in Linux.

Some applications like SAP and Oracle call "/sbin/sysctl -a" which will hang on kernel 2.6.5-7.276-smp, because of an issue with the toss_page_cache_nodes entry in /proc.


Update the kernel.

This issue is fixed as of kernel 2.6.5-7.282 and a fixed kernel is included in SLES9 Service Pack 4 and NLD9 Service Pack 4.


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  • Document ID:3293315
  • Creation Date:05-FEB-08
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
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