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Bug 1810153 - fix leaking device state in files in /run/NetworkManager/devices
Summary: fix leaking device state in files in /run/NetworkManager/devices
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Classification: Red Hat
Component: NetworkManager
Version: 8.2
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: rc
: 8.0
Assignee: Thomas Haller
QA Contact: Desktop QE
Depends On:
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Reported: 2020-03-04 15:56 UTC by Thomas Haller
Modified: 2020-04-28 16:54 UTC (History)
10 users (show)

Fixed In Version: NetworkManager-1.22.8-4.el8
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Last Closed: 2020-04-28 16:54:14 UTC
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Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2020:1847 0 None None None 2020-04-28 16:54:36 UTC
freedesktop.org Gitlab NetworkManager/NetworkManager/-/commit/76984a4af39dd01e5520eba569cd83d6459bc1f6 0 None None None 2020-03-04 16:26:14 UTC

Description Thomas Haller 2020-03-04 15:56:55 UTC
NetworkManager writes the device state to /run/NetworkManager/devices.

The filename of these devices, is the ifindex. That is good, because the ifindex uniquely identifies the file at an time (yes, in practice the ifindex can be repeated, but that is no problem here). Also, the data in /run is only relevant for the current boot -- just like the ifindex.

But NetworkManager would only cleanup stale files when quitting. Usually NetworkManager service is not stopped (except during shutdown/reboot). So, in practice, these files pile up until reboot.

When creating (and deleting) a large number of software devices, this becomes a problem.

Imagine docker/podman that creates veth devices for each container.

Fix that by pruning stale files (from time to time).

Comment 2 Thomas Haller 2020-03-04 16:10:10 UTC


Create() {
  printf "#%05d: create device \"test\"\n" "$1"
  ip link delete test &>/dev/null
  ip link add test type bridge
  ip addr add dev test
  ip link set test up
  sleep 1

Create_n() {
  for i in $(seq 1 "$1"); do
    Create "$i"

Create_n 100


At the end, look at 

  $ ls -la /run/NetworkManager/devices/

also, while it's running, look at

  $ watch 'ip link show dev test; ls -la /run/NetworkManager/devices/'

Comment 8 Vladimir Benes 2020-03-20 14:38:57 UTC
Test case 'clean_device_state_files' added.

Comment 10 errata-xmlrpc 2020-04-28 16:54:14 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


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