I am looking into a crash dump for RHEL 7.4. It shows some of the task status as PA. for the command - crash> ps | grep sample

 - 31718  31717   3  ffff8806873a6eb0  **PA**   0.0   42260   8040  sample  
 - 32027  32025   3  ffff880462cf1fa0  **PA**   0.0   42260   8036  sample
 - 32148  32146   5  ffff88081b75eeb0  **PA**   0.0   42260   8036  sample
 - 32620  32618   0  ffff8802b1469fa0  **PA**   0.0   42260   8036  sample

None of the help pages talk about the details of this task status.

  • can anyone tell me what PA refers as the status of task?
  • any link or details about all the process status mentioned in crash utility?
crash> help ps |grep PA

 - the task state (RU, IN, UN, ZO, ST, TR, DE, SW, WA, PA).**

The state refers to parked state. This state is valid only for the kernels between 3.9 to 3.13. As per man page:

state  %c
                    One of the following characters, indicating process

                    R  Running

                    S  Sleeping in an interruptible wait

                    D  Waiting in uninterruptible disk sleep

                    Z  Zombie

                    T  Stopped (on a signal) or (before Linux 2.6.33)
                       trace stopped

                    t  Tracing stop (Linux 2.6.33 onward)

                    W  Paging (only before Linux 2.6.0)

                    X  Dead (from Linux 2.6.0 onward)

                    x  Dead (Linux 2.6.33 to 3.13 only)

                    K  Wakekill (Linux 2.6.33 to 3.13 only)

                    W  Waking (Linux 2.6.33 to 3.13 only)

                    P  Parked (Linux 3.9 to 3.13 only)

This state also referred as Uninterruptible Sleep. Refer this link for more details.

  • Do you have any idea what the difference from "D" is and why that state was introduced and shortly afterwards retired? – pizdelect May 30 at 10:00

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