Hello,
I've a strange behaviour at one of our Suse 9.0 server.
When I start a program (e.g. /etc/init.d/nagios, /etc/init.d/hp-health) it will startup with more then one threat.

It would look like this for hp-health:
# ps -ef | grep hpasmd
root 18804 1 1 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18813 18804 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18814 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18815 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18816 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18817 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18818 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18819 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18820 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18821 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18822 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18823 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18824 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd
root 18825 18813 0 08:35 ? 00:00:00 hpasmd

and this for nagios:
# ps -ef | grep nagios
nagios 1298 1 0 Jan27 ? 00:10:13 /usr/local/nagios//bin/nagios -d /usr/local/nagios//etc/nagios.cfg
nagios 1299 1298 0 Jan27 ? 00:00:00 /usr/local/nagios//bin/nagios -d /usr/local/nagios//etc/nagios.cfg
nagios 1300 1299 0 Jan27 ? 00:00:00 /usr/local/nagios//bin/nagios -d /usr/local/nagios//etc/nagios.cfg

If I kill one of the follow up processes also the main (first) process of these program will be killed.

I've no clue where it came from.

I set up nagios and hp-health on several other servers but this issue is new for me and I found nothing similar by searching the Internet.

I appreciate if someone could give me some hint where I can look at to fix this behaviour.

Thank you in advance for your help.
kr
Juergen