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Re: [Xen-devel] Possible memory leak in qemu-dm (qemu-dm swapping 20GB+, adding 2gb+ per day)

On Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 3:57 AM, Niklas Bivald <niklas@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> Me and another sysadmin has independently been researching a problem where
> DomU randomly locks (Can’t reach it via xl console, no ping / SSH
> connection, shown as stuck in running-state in xentop) on two of our
> separate machines (installed completely independently):
> Dom0:
> Debian 7.0 with Xen version: 4.1.4 and xen-utils 4.1.4-3+deb7u1
> Debian 7.1 with Xen version: 4.1
> DomU:
> Debian 7.0
> Debian 7.1(.3)
> Common denominator appears to be qemu-dm consuming (leaking?) memory until
> the Dom0 swaps. When the Dom0 swap is full, the domU appears to be locked
> (see above) Dom0, at which time a hard reboot a.ka. xl destroy + xl create
> is the only way to get it back. This *could* be related to "[Xen-devel]
> qemu-system-i386: memory leak?"
> http://xen.markmail.org/message/chqpifrj46lxdxx2

It would seem that the issue Roger fixed in upstream Qemu with the
patch linked in his reply (
) could indeed be the problem here.

Either way, that patch never made it into qemu-traditional, which
still suffers the same original problem (see

I'm not certain what the status of -traditional is, but surely it
should be backported in?

- Matthew

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