Bug 113679 - 2.4.20-* kernel crashes while running heavy loaded Squid 2.5
2.4.20-* kernel crashes while running heavy loaded Squid 2.5
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Dave Jones
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Reported: 2004-01-16 09:50 EST by Sven Paas
Modified: 2015-01-04 17:04 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-07-12 17:01:17 EDT
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Description Sven Paas 2004-01-16 09:50:47 EST
Description of problem:

1 RAID-5 Array. Latest Firmware
(BIOS A17, 3/Di 2.7-1 Build 3170, Backplane 1.01). 

We are running a couple of identically configured
2650's with fully patched RH9 running squid-2.5 as
primary application. 

Since we upgraded from 2.4.18-27 to 2.4.20-24, we 
are getting uptimes from 3 days to 20 days. 

The servers crash with absolutely no 
message on the console or somewhere else in the
file system. Systems are not running out of
disk space. 

The servers are basically very high-volume
Squid 2.5 HTTP-Proxy-Servers, serving 
something around 120 HTTP-Proxy-Requests
per second at peak times. 

No kernel tuning. No other applications. 

When crashing, they are completey locked up, 
no reboot, no network, no screen, no message
on console, no nothing. 

The error seems to be hardware independend, though. 

We swapped hardware to an old Transtec machine, 
completely differend hardware setup. 
2.40.20-*-kernels still crash, while 2.4.18-*'s are fine.

The error occurs both in 2.40.20.* SMP- and non-SMP kernels.

The error occurs only when using Squid, while the
version of Squid seems to be irrelevant. We have
a bunch of other RH9 machines without Squid, and
the do not crash, even when using 2.4.20-*.

[root@proxy root]# uname -a
Linux proxy 2.4.20-27.9smp #1 SMP Thu Dec 11 13:15:04 EST 2003 i686 
i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[root@proxy root]# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
autofs                 13684   0  (autoclean) (unused)
tg3                    53064   2
keybdev                 2976   0  (unused)
mousedev                5688   0  (unused)
hid                    22404   0  (unused)
input                   6208   0  [keybdev mousedev hid]
usb-ohci               22248   0  (unused)
usbcore                82816   1  [hid usb-ohci]
ext3                   73408   7
jbd                    56368   7  [ext3]
aacraid                32676   8
sd_mod                 13452  16
scsi_mod              110872   2  [aacraid sd_mod]

Any help is welcome.

Regards, Sven 

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How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:

1. Compile and Install Squid-2.5STABLE3 from
   squid-cache.org on a fully patched RH9 machine. 
2. Put a very high load on it (120 Request's per second)
3. Wait until crash, usually 3 to 20 days. 
Actual results:

Server totally locks up. 
No reboot, no network, no screen, no message
on serial console, no nothing. 

Expected results:

Squid shouldn't crash the kernel. 

Additional info:

I am not quite sure about the exact first kernel
version when the error occured for the first time. 
(It was definitely a 2.4.20-*).
Comment 1 Dave Jones 2004-01-16 12:00:51 EST
2.4.20-27 had a few VM stability fixes included, would be worth
testing that. (Actually, go straight to 2.4.20-28 which also has a
security fix)
Comment 2 Sven Paas 2004-01-16 14:15:28 EST
Oh, a little misunderstanding here. 

I meant that we see this behaviour since we moved
from 2.4.18-* to 2.4.20-*, including *all* further
2.4.20-* versions since then up to 2.4.20-27. 

So 2.4.20-28 will probably not fix this problem. 

Comment 3 Frank Schmidt 2004-01-30 20:33:34 EST
I seem to have a similiar problem when going from 2.4.18-* to 2.4.20-*.
I have painfully installed an USB printer HP PSC 2175 all-in-one. Once
I have installed kernel 2.4.20-* this kernel crashes immediately once
the printer is switced on.
Comment 4 Mike Cappella 2004-03-12 00:58:02 EST
We've seen the problem too.  Our systems were up for 6 months prior 
to the recent 2.4.20.x updates, and now they hang as described every 
couple of days.
Comment 5 Dave Jones 2004-07-12 17:01:17 EDT
end-of-life'd product.

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