[DRBD-user] Hanging kernel

Steve Thompson smt at vgersoft.com
Thu Sep 23 14:46:30 CEST 2010

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On Wed, 22 Sep 2010, Alex Adriaanse wrote:

> I'm administering a server that has frozen three times over the past two 
> days.  During these times, it seemed that most processes would all of a 
> sudden start hanging, and I couldn't SSH into the server or even log into the 
> console.  I would start seeing messages like "INFO: task kswapd0:28 blocked 
> for more than 120 seconds" on the console shortly after the processes hung. 
> The only way I could get the server to respond again was by resetting it.

This may not apply in your situation, but the only times I have ever seen 
this (and I've seen it several times), it was due to VM parameters that 
were inappropriate for the work load. Usually, if you wait long enough 
(sometimes as much as 20 minutes), the system will recover and continue. 
What are your values of:

 	sysctl vm.dirty_ratio
 	sysctl vm.dirty_background_ratio

I have had success in these situations by setting the former to 50, and 
the latter to 5, but the optimum values are sensitive to your peak load.
I don't believe that it has any direct connection with drbd.

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