Bug Fix Advisory procps bug fix update

Advisory: RHBA-2009:0950-1
Type: Bug Fix Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2009-05-18
Last updated on: 2009-05-18
Affected Products: Red Hat Desktop (v. 4)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (v. 4)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES (v. 4)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS (v. 4)

Details

An updated procps package that fixes various bugs is now available.

The procps package contains a set of system utilities that provide system
information. The procps package includes ps, free, skill, slabtop, snice,
sysctl, tload, top, uptime, vmstat, w, and watch.

This updated procps package includes fixes for the following bugs:

* the top utility did not properly clear the screen when only a few fields
were selected, which resulted in superfluous text and strange characters
being displayed. In this updated package, the screen is cleared before
viewing a small number of fields, resolving this issue.

* the slabtop utility for displaying kernel slab cache information, when
used with the '-o' option (for displaying the output once and then
exiting), resulted in the information being displayed and then cleared from
the screen immediately. With this updated package, "slabtop -o" displays
the information once without clearing the screen, an improvement over
previous behavior and more useful for users.

* the ps utility's "etime" field shows the elapsed time since a process was
started. On heavily-loaded systems, it was possible for this value to
return negative due to an integer overflow. This updated package fixes ps
so that it always correctly returns a positive value, thus resolving the issue.

* an integer overflow in values for slabtop's "Active / Total Size (%
used)" field meant that, on systems performing intensive I/O, negative
numbers could be displayed. With this updated package, negative values are
no longer displayed on systems doing I/O-intensive tasks, thus resolving
the problem.

* vmstat's '-p' option failed to display detailed partition information.
With this updated package, "vmstat -p" works as expected.

All users of procps are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
resolves these issues.


Solution

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use the Red
Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

Updated packages

Red Hat Desktop (v. 4)

SRPMS:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: ff7c50c6a50cf16eee621f8be4b26c73
 
IA-32:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 30280fb3324dbde8ae9c60dacd740cfa
 
x86_64:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 8b3f40344a5fbd3c2ad69e4103e483fa
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (v. 4)

SRPMS:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: ff7c50c6a50cf16eee621f8be4b26c73
 
IA-32:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 30280fb3324dbde8ae9c60dacd740cfa
 
IA-64:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.ia64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 447f3b059b5c65d213bafbd242572515
 
PPC:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.ppc.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 573a3846ebb5ffebce1ceb5dc9b0b14f
 
s390:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.s390.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 2b0ba5a07544746f9edbf308e71298bf
 
s390x:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.s390x.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 814a094bf76170e8d34590112d675649
 
x86_64:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 8b3f40344a5fbd3c2ad69e4103e483fa
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES (v. 4)

SRPMS:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: ff7c50c6a50cf16eee621f8be4b26c73
 
IA-32:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 30280fb3324dbde8ae9c60dacd740cfa
 
IA-64:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.ia64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 447f3b059b5c65d213bafbd242572515
 
x86_64:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 8b3f40344a5fbd3c2ad69e4103e483fa
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS (v. 4)

SRPMS:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: ff7c50c6a50cf16eee621f8be4b26c73
 
IA-32:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 30280fb3324dbde8ae9c60dacd740cfa
 
IA-64:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.ia64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 447f3b059b5c65d213bafbd242572515
 
x86_64:
procps-3.2.3-8.17.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2011:0249
    MD5: 8b3f40344a5fbd3c2ad69e4103e483fa
 
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

433266 - negative ETIME field in ps
440694 - top - strange text after selecting few field
485243 - vmstat -p broken


Keywords

procps, ps, slabtop, top


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