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Old 01-29-2002
Your ps output says that the process is waiting on the physio routine. That means it is doing a read or a write to disk and is waiting for it to complete. Unix will not allow the process to die until the i/o completes. This is how it fulfills its promise of atomic disk i/o. I would suspect a hardware error in combination with a disk driver with poor error handling. The other possibility is a pathetic disk driver.
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