Bug 1879868 - "sysctl -a" returning binary junk for sunprc.transports key
Summary: "sysctl -a" returning binary junk for sunprc.transports key
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: procps-ng
Version: 33
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Jan Rybar
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2020-09-17 08:57 UTC by Luke Bigum
Modified: 2020-11-04 08:58 UTC (History)
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Description Luke Bigum 2020-09-17 08:57:28 UTC
Description of problem:

Output of `sysctl -a` returns binary junk data for "sunrpc.transports" key.  The contents returned is not static, it changes every time.  It could be an issue with the sunrpc kernel module.

If you request the value of the key directly, it is empty.  If you `cat /proc/sys/sunrpc/transports` it is also empty.

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

Affects both Fedora 31 or 32.  Fedora 30 does not have this problem.

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. sysctl -a

Actual results:

# sysctl -a
sunrpc.transports = 0��$`
# sysctl -a
sunrpc.transports = 0AV��
# sysctl -a
sunrpc.transports = 0�՗

Expected results:

An ASCII parseable string as a result.

Additional info:

Noticed because some of our management tools (Puppet) are calling `sysctl -a` and parsing the output, seeing the binary data and trying to convert it from UTF-8, and failing.

Comment 1 Markus Linnala 2020-10-02 10:16:57 UTC
I see this in F32.

kernel 5.8.12-200.fc32.x86_64

To mitigate Puppet problem, you can hotpatch: augeasproviders_sysctl/lib/puppet/provider/sysctl/augeas.rb

    sysctl('-a').each_line do |line|
      line = line.force_encoding("US-ASCII").scrub("")

Comment 2 Markus Linnala 2020-10-17 19:14:42 UTC
I see this also in F33


Comment 3 Ben Cotton 2020-11-03 17:16:48 UTC
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