Re: sometimes squid proxy enters state where very little work is done

From: Duane Wessels <wessels>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 96 21:21:48 -0700 writes:

>minute. However, every day or two it gets into a state where the
>number of transactions per minute drop to nearly zero, and connection
>attempts to the proxy usually timeout. I'm guessing that this happens
>when we get to the file descriptor limit, though I have no hard proof

The code is supposed to accomodate file descriptor shortages, but
I haven't personally stress-tested it.

In general, I can think of only three reasons why the squid process would
slow down or pause:

    1) a system call blocks
    2) it enters an "infinite" loop
    3) the OS doesn't/can't run the process enough (e.g. swapping)

The first should be fairly easy to detect. If the process seems to
have stopped on a blocked system call, there should be zero CPU usage.
If you send it a USR2 signal you might expect the process to remain
blocked and therefore see NO cache.log output.

The second reason should be noticable by a high CPU usage for the
process. Sending a USR2 signal may or may not produce additional
debugging output.

The third is probably more elusive. If you send a SIGUSR2 signal and

        96/10/21 22:59:11| comm_select: 0 sockets ready at 845960351
        96/10/21 22:59:12| comm_select: 0 sockets ready at 845960352
        96/10/21 22:59:13| comm_select: 0 sockets ready at 845960353
        96/10/21 22:59:14| comm_select: 0 sockets ready at 845960354
        96/10/21 22:59:15| comm_select: 0 sockets ready at 845960355
        96/10/21 22:59:16| comm_select: 0 sockets ready at 845960356

Then you know the cache process is idle and running normally.

Duane W.
Received on Wed Oct 23 1996 - 21:21:49 MDT

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