Comment 191 for bug 36581

We have just begun upgrading our compute farm to RHEL4 and we are seeing this
problem.

We have a fairly complex NFS setup with several netapps volumes.

I'm not the sysadmin, so I don't have root access.

To give a little insight, we have set up a single machine with freenx and are
using it for our local site session server. I am only paying attention to this
machine right now, but I know that other RHEL4 machines have had issues prior to
this when users were starting VNC sessions before the freenx transition.

We did not have this problem with RHEL3.

lngl0116:/home/kbingham-> rpm -qf /usr/libexec/gam_server
gamin-0.1.7-1.2.EL4
gamin-0.1.7-1.2.EL4

Here are the contents of the gaminrc file:
lngl0116:/home/kbingham-> more /etc/gamin/gaminrc
# configuration for gamin
# Can be used to override the default behaviour.
# notify filepath(s) : indicate to use kernel notification
# poll filepath(s) : indicate to use polling instead
# fsset fsname method poll_limit : indicate what method of notification for the
filesystem
# kernel - use the kernel for notification
# poll - use polling for notification
# none - don't use any notification
#
# the poll_limit is the number of seconds
# that must pass before a resource is polled again.
# It is optional, and if it is not present the
previous
# value will be used or the default.

fsset nfs poll 10 # use polling on nfs mounts and poll once
every 10 seconds

Not all users are seeing this run out of control:

lngl0116:/home/kbingham-> ps -eaf | grep gam_server
ssirun 1096 1 0 2007 ? 00:05:31 /usr/libexec/gam_server
hsales 2055 1 0 Jan02 ? 00:00:56 /usr/libexec/gam_server
szanatta 2882 1 0 Jan03 ? 00:00:11 /usr/libexec/gam_server
dreed 3710 1 0 Jan03 ? 00:00:22 /usr/libexec/gam_server
jkoller 3801 1 0 2007 ? 00:00:12 /usr/libexec/gam_server
jlawson 6022 1 0 Jan04 ? 00:01:40 /usr/libexec/gam_server
wstrickl 8332 1 36 Jan05 ? 11:33:38 /usr/libexec/gam_server
nphillip 9248 1 0 2007 ? 00:00:41 /usr/libexec/gam_server
nmysore 13140 1 55 Jan04 ? 1-04:11:33 /usr/libexec/gam_server
rkhan 13352 1 0 2007 ? 00:01:54 /usr/libexec/gam_server
bonfanti 23065 1 0 Jan03 ? 00:00:21 /usr/libexec/gam_server
bcruiksh 24066 1 0 Jan03 ? 00:00:08 /usr/libexec/gam_server
mbarnes 24673 1 0 Jan02 ? 00:00:20 /usr/libexec/gam_server
bgreiner 24736 1 54 Jan04 ? 1-01:59:05 /usr/libexec/gam_server
kbingham 25283 1 0 Jan05 ? 00:00:01 /usr/libexec/gam_server
kbingham 25419 21283 0 15:28 pts/4 00:00:00 grep gam_server
mfalkinb 26903 1 0 Jan05 ? 00:00:01 /usr/libexec/gam_server
lphillip 27510 1 0 Jan04 ? 00:00:38 /usr/libexec/gam_server
jkeefer 29207 1 48 Jan05 ? 18:10:39 /usr/libexec/gam_server

Any suggestions?