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Re: Test the OOM situation

Maxim Dounin
May 19, 2010 09:32AM
Hello!

On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 04:01:07PM +0400, Peter Leonov wrote:

> On 18.05.2010, at 23:26, Maxim Dounin wrote:
>
> > Hello!
> >
> > On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 08:25:46PM +0400, Peter Leonov wrote:
> >
> >> Hello devels,
> >>
> >> There is a module that requires a heavy testing in environment with
> >> low memory. Especialy it could be good to test how it goes if no
> >> more memory is available in the system.
> >>
> >> So the questions are: is there a way to test such a module without a
> >> virtual machines? and are there some tools which might be of help?
> >
> > You may tune memory limit for a given process instead of using
> > virtual machine. Though this won't really help with testing nginx
> > modules as pool allocator will protect most of allocations from
> > seeing errors (while they still can happen with sligtly different
> > config).
>
> You mean that the module will be even left untouched as far
> as the main request pool fail to be allocated. Understood.

Not really. I mean that most allocations will be satisfied from
already allocated pool's block and hence will never fail. Only
allocations happen to require additional pool block may fail.

> > Injecting random errors into allocation routines proven to be much
> > more usable. Just for completeness: attached trivial patch which
> > I used while searching for allocation error handling bugs in nginx
> > itself.
>
> That is near what I was looking for :)
>
> But it gives a very interesting results. For example a crash within the core:
>
> 40740 Bus error (core dumped)
>
> #0 0x0000484b in ngx_destroy_pool (pool=0x3262b0) at src/core/ngx_palloc.c:74
> 74 for (p = pool, n = pool->d.next; /* void */; p = n, n = n->d.next) {
>
> #0 0x0000484b in ngx_destroy_pool (pool=0x3262b0) at src/core/ngx_palloc.c:74
> #1 0x0002cd16 in ngx_http_close_connection (c=0x879e58) at src/http/ngx_http_request.c:3020
> #2 0x0002f56a in ngx_http_set_keepalive [inlined] () at /Users/peter/pro/nginx/src/http/ngx_http_request.c:2559
> #3 0x0002f56a in ngx_http_finalize_connection (r=<value temporarily unavailable, due to optimizations>) at src/http/ngx_http_request.c:2121
> #4 0x0002ff66 in ngx_http_finalize_request (r=0x807c00, rc=0) at src/http/ngx_http_request.c:2029
> #5 0x0003068a in ngx_http_writer (r=0x807c00) at src/http/ngx_http_request.c:2247
> #6 0x0002ca70 in ngx_http_run_posted_requests (c=0x879e58) at src/http/ngx_http_request.c:1812
> #7 0x0003eb06 in ngx_http_upstream_handler (ev=0x88fe78) at src/http/ngx_http_upstream.c:879
> #8 0x00022ebe in ngx_kqueue_process_events (cycle=0x813628, timer=2990, flags=<value temporarily unavailable, due to optimizations>) at src/event/modules/ngx_kqueue_module.c:683
> #9 0x00018d85 in ngx_process_events_and_timers (cycle=0x813628) at src/event/ngx_event.c:245
> #10 0x0001fb44 in ngx_single_process_cycle (cycle=0x813628) at src/os/unix/ngx_process_cycle.c:306
> #11 0x00003c5c in main (argc=7, argv=0xbffff558) at src/core/nginx.c:393

This may happen due to bugs in a module as well. If you are able
to reproduce the problem without non-official modules/patches -
this probably worth further investigation. You may want to try to
reproduce the problem without optimization and/or share a way to
reproduce it.

Note well: last time I've tested nginx with these patches heavily
was before 0.8.0. But I don't see any immediate segfaults/bus
errors while running test suite against 0.8.37 with these patches.

Maxim Dounin

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