[SLE] find looping

Has anybody had any problems with find looping?

I occasionally find in the morning that my overnight backup script hasn't finished because one of the jobs is blocked. When I look with top, I always discover a 'find' process is hogging a CPU (actually a HT of a dual-processor Xeon system):

Cpu0 : 0.0% us, 0.0% sy, 0.0% ni, 100.0% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Cpu1 : 0.0% us, 0.0% sy, 100.0% ni, 0.0% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Cpu2 : 0.0% us, 0.0% sy, 0.0% ni, 100.0% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Cpu3 : 0.0% us, 0.0% sy, 0.0% ni, 98.3% id, 1.7% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si

19073 root 39 15 2924 704 2752 R 99.9 0.0 1833:14 find

ps tells me a little about the process:

root 19073 19055 98 Feb02 ? 1-06:44:52 find /backup/suse3/suse3-root/2006-02-01/tree -ls

I did an strace -p but there was no output over five minutes.

The system is SUSE 9.2, GNU find version 4.1.20. uname says:

Linux suse1 2.6.8-24.14-smp #1 SMP Tue Mar 29 09:27:43 UTC 2005 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Has anybody seen this before?

Thanks, Dave

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