Bug 189318 - yum reliably triggers oom-killer
yum reliably triggers oom-killer
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: yum (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
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Reported: 2006-04-18 22:30 EDT by James G. Sack
Modified: 2014-01-21 17:53 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-04-18 23:50:08 EDT
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Description James G. Sack 2006-04-18 22:30:35 EDT
Description of problem:
Yum suddenly started triggering the oom-killer today.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I tried sever versions on yum 
 from latest repo-yum as/of few days ago
 to yum-2.4.2-69.rhfc4.at.x86_64.rpm
 & yum-2.6.0-1.src.rpm from FC5 sources
I tried a couple of kernels (stock FC4, x86_64)

How reproducible:
 Every time since just today. 

Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum info yum (actually seems independent of args)

Actual results:
2. after 5 seconds-or so, starts using swap
3. after few-more secs starts oom-kill thrashing 
4. system DOES respond to SysReq S/U/B recipe

Expected results:
<heh> shouldn't gobble all the world's memory

Additional info:
from cat cpuinfo..
 cpu family      : 15
 model           : 47
 model name      : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
 stepping        : 0
 cpu MHz         : 2210.202
 cache size      : 512 KB

Normal memory stats:
free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:          1004        580        423          0         25        282
-/+ buffers/cache:        272        732
Swap:          972          0        972

Most recent yum updates
 Apr 13 23:13:53 Updated: plone.x86_64 2.1.2-2.fc4
 Apr 13 23:14:43 Updated: abiword.x86_64 1:2.4.4-2.fc4
 Apr 14 19:42:47 Updated: gnochm.noarch 0.9.7-4.fc4
Most recent manual installs (reverse-chron):
Comment 1 Seth Vidal 2006-04-18 23:50:08 EDT
why'd you install sqlite 3.3.3?

b/c that's what's causing the memory overrun.
Comment 2 James G. Sack 2006-04-19 02:24:00 EDT
Whoa! How did you pinpoint that? That seemed to be it. I did a rpm --oldpackage back 
to sqlite-3.1.2-3 (from FC4) and yum works now.

To answer your question: I had some thought of upgrading python-sqlite2, and seemed to 
<accidentally> grab the version from FC5. Then when it griped about needing 
sqlite3.3, I thought I would be safe installing the FC5 sqlite3.3 if I compiled it in 
my environment -- guess that may have been an incorrect assumption <grin>.

So ... problem is resolved..

..but I still want to know how you knew? 

My sincere respects!!
And warm thanks for the prompt feedback, too.

Comment 3 Seth Vidal 2006-04-19 07:49:07 EDT
It's been reported before. Paul Nasrat discovered it. I just read it.


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