Bug 73157 - nscd crashes often and therefore fills up logfiles
Summary: nscd crashes often and therefore fills up logfiles
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: nscd   
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Version: 7.3
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Jakub Jelinek
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Blocks: 73288 73681
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Reported: 2002-08-31 12:00 UTC by Petri T. Koistinen
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-10-31 14:51:05 UTC
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Attachments (Terms of Use)
Output of 'ps fax' command. (48.14 KB, text/plain)
2002-08-31 12:27 UTC, Petri T. Koistinen
no flags Details
Few seconds log of /var/log/messages (829.47 KB, text/plain)
2002-08-31 12:29 UTC, Petri T. Koistinen
no flags Details

Description Petri T. Koistinen 2002-08-31 12:00:32 UTC
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Description of problem:
We are running Red Hat 7.3 and we have installed also Novell eDirectory 8.5.

Novell eDirectory purpose is to allow users to log in to the GNU/Linux-system
with same useraccounts and passwords that they log in to the MS/Windows-system.

Novell eDirectory is huge and buggy software, in my opinion, or we just got
wrong default settings. Anyway, this eDirectory product will make considerable
amount of DNS lookups to manage their weird replicas and so on.

These lookups are very slow if nscd-program is not running.  Novell recommends,
if not mandate, to use this program. Unfortunately we have found out that nscd
is very buggy product. It will crash very often. 

In fact in our root's crontab reads:
*/2 * * * * /etc/init.d/nscd stop >/dev/null ; /etc/init.d/nscd start >/dev/null

Otherwise the system will not survive. Running the system without nscd is like
swimming in tar.

This leads to another problem, defunct nscd-processes fills the ps-listing. See
attachments. The running versions of buggy nscd also fills up the
/var/logs/messages file. See

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Novell eDirectory
2. Have nightmares.

Actual Results:  Terrible system performance, huge logs and lot's of defunct

Expected Results:  Smooth operation with reasonable system resource consumption.

Additional info:

Feel free to ask, I will provide all information you need. Even remote access to
system might be possible to manage.

Comment 1 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-08-31 12:27:43 UTC
Created attachment 74244 [details]
Output of 'ps fax' command.

Comment 2 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-08-31 12:29:35 UTC
Created attachment 74245 [details]
Few seconds log of /var/log/messages

Comment 3 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-08-31 13:13:45 UTC
The log file is /var/log/messages, not /var/logs/messages. Sorry.

Comment 4 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-08-31 21:53:25 UTC
Changed crontab to: 

*/2 * * * * /etc/init.d/nscd stop >/dev/null ; killall -9 nscd 2>/dev/null ;
/etc/init.d/nscd start >/dev/null

as a work around.

Comment 5 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-08-31 21:55:14 UTC
That's all in one line, but bugzilla does the line warping.

Comment 6 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-09-01 13:36:28 UTC
This kludge helps quite lot, no more defunct prosesses and no more huge messages
log. Still nscd stability is a problem. Now I need to figure out how often nscd
should be restarted and how many threads should I start.

Comment 7 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-09-07 09:08:35 UTC
Files /var/nds/dib/_ndsdb.ini and /nds/dib/_ndsdb.ini now contains following
setup and no other text:


This helps with system speed, but I don't know if it's the optimal setup.

Comment 8 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-09-12 16:43:40 UTC
I installed BIND with caching-nameserver settings few days ago. It helps, but 
nscd is still unstable according what I have heard from another administator.

Comment 9 Petri T. Koistinen 2002-10-31 14:51:48 UTC
Novell sucks. We removed eDirectory. Problem solved, I hope so.

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