Description of problem:
The vdsm process grows with a rate of about 300KiB/h.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Starting latest 3.3.1  - 3.5
vdsm-4.13.3-3.el6.x86_64 ... vdsm-4.16.7-1.gitdb83943.el6.x86_64
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Deploy a host
2. Run some VMs (though it is unrelated as it seams to grow no matter what)
3. Watch VDSM RSS size
Constantly growing at a rate ~300KiB/h
RSS size stays the same (well, linear growing according to the number of VMs).
This might be neglectable but at least we need to keep track of it I think. Also, it still amounts to something as hosts run a long time.
This is a different issue and seems not in any way related to m2crypto BZ1157749
I'm seeing this too, although my RSS seems to be growing faster. I just checked one node, and in 5 minutes I saw the vdsm RSS increase by 952K (VSZ did not change at all).
I want to add that I'm also seeing this on both a Centos 7 host and a fed 20 host that are part of a 3.5 cluster (ovirt 3.5.1 vdsm 4.16.10) I do not see it on a fed 20 host that is in a 3.4 cluster (vdsm 184.108.40.206)
Note that I see the memory growth over time even for a host that is in maintenance(i.e. not running any vms)
I've tried to debug by adding the memory profiling patch, but dowser didn't show anything obvious as far as object counts.
But taking another approach, I used pmap to dump the memory map over time, and tried to correlate the ones that show increase in rss to a strace of the vdsm process.
What I've come up is that it looks like there's something going on in sampling._get_interfaces_and_samples -> ipwrapper.getLinks -> netlink.iter_links because there are suspicious mprotect calls to regions of memory that show growing rss from the pmap, and the strace *looks* like it is from
the _nl_link stuff.
I've attached the strace in trace_showing_mprotect.txt to try to show what I'm talking about.
Created attachment 1005558 [details]
strace showing mprotect during what looks like the libnl socket calls
Tomas, could you take a look if libnl3 is leaking? Or could it be something wrong that we do in our python-ctypes wrapper thereof?
Meni, do you notice this kind of leak your systems (please check if rss is rising over hours, in a steady state)
(In reply to Dan Kenigsberg from comment #4)
> Tomas, could you take a look if libnl3 is leaking? Or could it be something
> wrong that we do in our python-ctypes wrapper thereof?
I don't see anything wrong with it yet.
How could I reproduce this? I am not familiar with vdsm.
Or could you reproduce it with valgrind? Something like
I want to add that I'am seeing a similar behavior of vdsm process on CentOS 6.5 and CentOS 6.6 servers. VDSM version 4.16.10-8. All part of oVirt 3.5.1 cluster.
However, for me there is no constant growth of memory usage all the time. We are monitoring VDSM process memory usage every minute and we can see that every 2 hours 25-30 minutes VDSM process memory usage grows by 60-70MiB. This is the pattern that repeats at that interval. This is quite a lot more than 300KiB/h.
Once VDSM process gets restarted VDSM process memory usage gets back down to around 4GiB, while before restart we have seen it even grown up to 14GiB, and same pattern of raising memory keeps repeating.
One more thing, this keeps happening regardless whatever new VMs are being migrated to the host or not.
Created attachment 1007405 [details]
valgrind report for a reprodcer script
Tomas, Darrell Budic sent this valgrind report for the following script (placed under /usr/share/vdsm, with vdsm installed)
from time import sleep
from virt.sampling import _get_interfaces_and_samples
can you assist with it?
I'll just note that the script leaks at a similar rate to vdsmd itself in my environment (this valgrind dump is from a server with 10 VMs and 17 interface between them). Causing _get_interfaces_and_samples to return an empty or static dict effectively eliminates the leak in my testing as well. Happy to provide additional info or future testing on this one.
from my email to the users list
I think there are, at least for the purpose of this discussion, 3 leaks:
1. the M2Crypto leak
2. a slower leak
3. a large leak that's not M2Crypto related that's part of sampling
My efforts have been around finding the source of my larger leak, which
I think is #3. I had disabled ssl so I knew that M2Crypto
isn't/shouldn't be the problem as in bz1147148, and ssl is beside the
point as it happens with a deactived host. It's part of sampling which
What I've found is, after trying to get the smallest reproducer, that
it's not the netlink.iter_links that I commented on in  that is the
problem. But in the _get_intefaces_and_samples loop is the call to
create an InterfaceSample and that has getLinkSpeed() which, for vlans,
ends up calling ipwrapper.getLink, and that to
netlink.get_link(name) *is* the source of my big leak. This is vdsm
4.16.10, so it is  and it's been changed in master for the removal of
support for libnl v1 so it might not be a problem anymore.
"""Returns the information dictionary of the name specified link."""
with _pool.socket() as sock:
with _nl_link_cache(sock) as cache:
link = _rtnl_link_get_by_name(cache, name)
if not link:
raise IOError(errno.ENODEV, '%s is not present in the system' %
return _link_info(cache, link)
The libnl documentation note at  says that for the rtnl_link_get_by_name function
The reference counter of the returned link object will be incremented. Use rtnl_link_put() to release the reference."
So I took that hint, and made a change that does the rtnl_link_put() in
get_link(name) and it looks like it works for me.
diff oldnetlink.py netlink.py
< return _link_info(cache, link)
> li = _link_info(cache, link)
> return li
> _rtnl_link_put = _none_proto(('rtnl_link_put', LIBNL_ROUTE))
Clear need-info-flag from my side, I agree with the analysis of John Taylor
Should this be on POST?
(In reply to Yaniv Dary from comment #12)
> Should this be on POST?
There is a well-looking patch, so probably yes.
Taking my POST back, it has patch only on master branch.
Sorry for confusions and spam, it deserves its POST.
what's the status here? will this get into 3.5.3 at least?
is there anything left to be done (coding)?
All required code should be merged.
However we need to test it for memory leaks. John, could you test it again please?
I can confirm that the patch for the 3.5 branch corrects the memory leak problem I commented on in comment #10 (although I should probably point out that the "memory leak problem" here was a larger one than the small one reported originally on this bz so probably should have been another bz but we were kind of scurrying )
I can *not* confirm the patch for the master branch  . It has been reverted on commit b92fa03326b805d7ab67a9c1269990681b02e213  . I'm fairly certain it shouldn't have been reverted completely as the rtnl_link_get_kernel calls introduce *another* place that memory allocated by libnl has to be returned with _put (see  for an example of the get/put ). Do you agree Petr?
Yay! You are right. In libnl source code they have `put` related @attention for rtnl_link_get_by_name but not for rtnl_link_get_kernel. However, according to documentation we have to handle this function too. Thanks very much!
moving back to modified, its not part of vt15.
*** Bug 1220154 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
VDSM still leaks small mount of memory (~20KiB/h). I have 5 VMs running on the server.
[root@zeus-vds1 ~]# while sleep 60; do date; ps -o rsz= 11640; done
Mon May 25 16:12:36 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 16:35:36 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 16:36:36 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 16:41:36 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 16:42:36 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 17:15:37 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 17:16:37 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 17:42:37 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 17:43:37 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 17:55:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 17:56:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 17:57:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 18:15:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 18:16:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 18:19:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 18:20:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 18:21:38 IDT 2015
Mon May 25 18:26:38 IDT 2015
Tue May 26 08:15:53 IDT 2015
Tue May 26 10:23:55 IDT 2015
What do you think Dan?
I think that there might be another memory leak. The big netlink one is sealed.
patch 40134 tested on top of vt14.3, looks like vdsm leaks now just less than ~400k, instead of 2mb.
(In reply to Eldad Marciano from comment #24)
> patch 40134 tested on top of vt14.3, looks like vdsm leaks now just less
> than ~400k, instead of 2mb.
test case 48h CHO, with 57 running vms, same like previous test.
Created attachment 1032824 [details]
vdsm mem usage graph
we have monitored vdsmd process for 3 days, including the patch vdsmd still leaking
we are monitoring the resident memory for vdsmd process every 1 min.
at some point looks like we have peak of almost 2mb.
see the attached graph.
Thanks Eldad. Can you specify the conditions on the monitored host? How many VMs running? how many storage domains?
Can you find vdsm.log and supervdsm.log from May 30 morning, the time of the 2MiB spike?
test case for the monitored host:
-1 storage domain.
about the logs there are many ziped logs for May 30. so i think it's better to take it offline and i'll give you access.
I'm afraid I don't find anything particular happening circa 30 May 07:39. The 2MiB surge at that time may be an allocation of a new slab by python's memory manager.
We'd need much more research finding the source of the remaining leak. (e.g does it go on when Engine is not polling? Is it proportional to the number of VMs? Number of storage domains? Network interfaces?) and it probably belongs to a fresh new bug.
verified on top of vt15.1,
as Dan mention, another bug and research required, with several different test cases such as:
- engine off \ on.
- vm's capacity.
This is an automated message.
oVirt 3.5.3 has been released on June 15th 2015 and should include the fix for this BZ. Moving to closed current release.