UPDATE: I finally figure out the intermediate cause of my insane aide behavior lately. A run of /usr/sbin/aide -i has been running for 14 hours now. So I decided to strace it. It’s just mmapping16k segments over and over again. WTF? So I checked into which file it’s mmapping for 14 hours:
/usr/share/locale/az/LC_MESSAGES/pidgin.mo seems to have exploded to 2,000 time the combined capacity of every hard disk in my house. What’s more likely is that the filesystem is hosed somehow. I’m going to kill aide and find some time to reboot the machine with /forcefsck.
I noticed a high level of disk activity on dustpuppy today so I popped on to see what was doing all the I/O:
I’ve never seen dustpuppy with a load average > 4 before. At least I know what’s causing it. Process #4800: aide. AIDE is an intrusion detection environment. What it’s doing now is file checksumming. And my monitor just went black. It’s been dying for a while. Please forgive me if this is typed horribly as I can’t see at all what I’m typing.