Re: scp hogs up CPU and cannot be killed

From: Nico Kadel-Garcia (
Date: 11/08/03

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    "Vahid" <> wrote in message
    > I am not sure what version of ssh you are using but we never had this
    > problem with openssh 3.x.
    > (Robert Dodier) wrote in message
    > > Hello,
    > >
    > > I wonder if anyone has seen this problem. I have searched the
    > > web but although I find a few mentions of it, I haven't found
    > > a solution.
    > >
    > > Scp'ing a large file (multi GB) to a Linux RH 8.0 box (8 cpus,
    > > lots of memory, lots of disk space) causes the Linux box to get
    > > into a tizzy: top shows scp using lots of cpu, cpu states
    > > are 50%--75% system, scp cannot be killed by kill -9, and
    > > although the box is alive, it is just crawling along.
    > > Other jobs run very, very slowly.

    RedHat 8.x uses a 3.x OpenSSH by default. However, 8x CPU's is asking a lot
    of a 2.4 default kernel. Have you kept your kernel up-to-date?

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