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Re: [Xen-users] xen dom0 nfs hangs, oom killer and more

Sorry that I didn't read your mail carefully, so forgive me if what I
mentioned does not make sense to you.
I may have hit similar issue before.
While I could not remember all the details, the impression is that in
my case this has something to do with kernel compilation config.
You should be avoid aggressive kernel preemption config (e.g realtime
desktop / desktop). Using the 'server' config works fine for me.
With preemption enabled, the deadlock situation happens when system
memory is low and NFS or netback asks for more memory while VMM tries
to relinquish some page from NFS or netback. This by no means will be
exact / precise description since it's all from my unreliable memory.

But anyway, its something you could have a check in this direction.

On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 8:27 PM, Dario Faggioli
<dario.faggioli@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sun, 2017-02-12 at 23:39 -0800, Mike wrote:
>> Hello,
> Hi,
>>      I have had long term issues with xen dom0 and NFS / CIFS which
>> essentially make it impossible to do any reasonable amount of
>> network
>> based filesystem operations from dom0 without the risk of excessive
>> blocking or hanging of dom0 processes with messages such as "blocked
>> for
>> more than 120 seconds". I last posted about this problem in 2015 and
>> documented some very extensive troubleshooting on this problem
>> (https://lists.gt.net/xen/users/381469). I have never found a
>> resolution, across generations of hardware, OS installs, networks
>> and
>> more, the penalty simply seems that if you attempt to use NFS / CIFS
>> from xen dom0, you can expect io performance issues akin to dialup
>> speeds, and hanging / blocked processes starved for I/O that can only
>> be
>> resolved with a reboot of the box.
> Ok. I do have a testbox that mounts stuff from NFS in dom0. It works
> for me, but I use it (I mean, the NFS part) in a very limited way, I
> have to admit.
>>      So here it is in 2017 and I have taken yet another crack at all
>> this. I now have yet again, new network, new servers, new os
>> installs,
>> new switches, the works. Not only can you still not use NFS/CIFS in
>> dom0
>> without the hangs, new symptoms arise now with OOM killer starting
>> up
>> and killing seemingly random processes in dom0 all the while with
>> many
>> many gigabytes of free ram, no obvious explanation.
> Right. I understand this can be ver frustrating. :-(
>> I am not even sure
>> really how to best document this problem but it's like one of those
>> emperor has no clothes things, nfs/cifs is unsafe and brings down
>> xen
>> dom0 no special effort required other than simply trying to use
>> these,
>> end of story.
> Well, sure. But at the same time, without information it's hard
> (impossible) to figure out what's happening and get to the bottom of
> the issue.
> So, as a starting point, full output of `xl dmesg' and `dmesg' if the
> first thing I'd ask to see. Even more useful they will be actual info
> of a crash. So, for instance, what OOMk says, whether Xen prints
> anything on the serial console before locking/dying, etc.
>>      I plan on setting up a test soon to smoke this out further.
>> Going
>> to have a host set up where I can boot xen or non-xen and run the
>> same
>> operations and see if I can show definitely this shows up only under
>> xen
>> dom0, and then maybe get a clearer picture of why.
> Actually, yes. If you can trigger and reproduce the bug, and provide as
> much logs as possible of the exploded system, that would hopefully be a
> useful starting point for a diagnosis. :-)
> Regards,
> Dario
> --
> <<This happens because I choose it to happen!>> (Raistlin Majere)
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> Senior Software Engineer, Citrix Systems R&D Ltd., Cambridge (UK)
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