Bug 1048820 - max_clients should be bigger than 20 by default
Summary: max_clients should be bigger than 20 by default
Alias: None
Product: Virtualization Tools
Classification: Community
Component: libvirt
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Libvirt Maintainers
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Blocks: TRACKER-bugs-affecting-libguestfs
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Reported: 2014-01-06 11:49 UTC by Richard W.M. Jones
Modified: 2014-05-29 13:36 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2014-05-29 13:36:32 UTC

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Description Richard W.M. Jones 2014-01-06 11:49:45 UTC
Description of problem:

The current setting of max_clients = 20 in libvirtd.conf
prevents libguestfs from running more than 20 backends, more
than 20 virt-builder/virt-resize/... instances from running,
virt-df from creating more than 20 work threads globally and so on.

This setting should be (a) much bigger and (b) justified in terms
of the resources that each connection can use.  eg. If libvirt
needs 10 MB / connection[*] then you could calculate this based
on available memory.

[*] Made up number.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

libvirt from git

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start > 20 guestfish instances.  21st instance will hang.

Comment 1 Michal Privoznik 2014-01-08 16:00:33 UTC
Rich, I think that this addresses the same problem that Dan reported in bug 981729. After the bug is fixed I don't see any reason why the default can't be sized up.

Comment 2 Michal Privoznik 2014-05-29 13:36:32 UTC
This has been fixed upstream for a while (since v1.2.3-rc1~196):

commit 68f60f669c566e53904ce39c95a57853f7f23638
Author:     Michal Privoznik <mprivozn@redhat.com>
AuthorDate: Tue Mar 4 18:55:24 2014 +0100
Commit:     Michal Privoznik <mprivozn@redhat.com>
CommitDate: Mon Mar 17 17:45:13 2014 +0100

    daemon: Introduce max_anonymous_clients
    This config tunable allows users to determine the maximum number of
    accepted but yet not authenticated users.
    Signed-off-by: Michal Privoznik <mprivozn@redhat.com>

commit 4015396b2cf9f43ff77d24e3a4d3e1372f5352a3
Author:     Michal Privoznik <mprivozn@redhat.com>
AuthorDate: Tue Mar 4 15:37:27 2014 +0100
Commit:     Michal Privoznik <mprivozn@redhat.com>
CommitDate: Mon Mar 17 17:37:42 2014 +0100

    virNetServer: Introduce unauth clients counter
    The counter gets incremented on each unauthenticated client added to the
    server and decremented whenever the client authenticates.
    Signed-off-by: Michal Privoznik <mprivozn@redhat.com>

However, I forgot to update this bug. Doing so now.

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