Bug 521952 - krb5-auth-dialog reads from the disk excessively
Summary: krb5-auth-dialog reads from the disk excessively
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: krb5-auth-dialog
Version: 13
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Itamar Reis Peixoto
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: wakeup 454582
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-09-08 20:06 UTC by Mike Gahagan
Modified: 2011-06-27 14:22 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2011-06-27 14:22:21 UTC
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Description Mike Gahagan 2009-09-08 20:06:29 UTC
Description of problem:
Noticing a number of very small disk reads from krb5-auth-dialog, it seems to make no difference if one has a kerberos ticket or not, just having krb5-auth-dialog appears to generate enough disk activity to prevent disks from shutting down and other powersaving measures.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F11+ updates (as of Sept 8 2009) 
Sept 8 rawhide

How reproducible:
fairly frequently, seems to require a valid kerberos ticket, once you have a ticket, I'm seeing the occational disk access until krb5-a-d is terminated. When clearing the ticket cache via krb5-a-d, the ticket is destroyed but the disk reads continue.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Authenticate to kerberos to get a ticket
2. start krb-auth-config
3. run diskdevstat
Actual results:
 6571     0 dm-0            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          85     0.000     0.830     0.011 crond          
 6591     0 dm-0            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          52     0.000     0.031     0.001 sendmail       
 6560   500 dm-0            0     0.000     0.000     0.000          17     0.000    30.001     1.764 krb5-auth-dialo

for me krb5-auth-dialog ends up in the top 5 processes on an idle system most of the time.

Expected results:

krb5-auth-dialog should use the disk less, or at least wake up the disk much less frequently.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Mike Gahagan 2009-09-11 19:59:12 UTC
I'm also seeing the applet apperently cause roughly 150 CPU wake-ups/sec, in my VM guest, when I quit the applet, the number of wake-ups drops to around 30/sec.

Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2009-11-16 12:04:28 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 12 development cycle.
Changing version to '12'.

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Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2010-03-15 12:48:58 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 13 development cycle.
Changing version to '13'.

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Comment 5 Jan Kaluža 2011-06-15 11:38:10 UTC
Just a note. I have checked current state and krb5-auth-dialog checks whether the credentials hasn't been renewed every 30 seconds. This is causing those "reads" from disc. That timeout can be increased during compilation.

I wasn't able to reproduce cpu wakeups mentioned in comments above using powertop.

Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2011-06-27 14:22:21 UTC
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