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SubjectRe: process creation time increases linearly with shmem

On Mon, 29 Aug 2005, Ray Fucillo wrote:
> FWIW, an interesting side effect of this occurs when I run the database
> with this patch internally on a Linux server that uses NIS. Its an
> unrelated problem and not a kernel problem. Its due to the children
> calling initgroups()... apparently when you have many processes making
> simultaneous initgroups() calls something starts imposing very long
> waits in increments of 3 seconds

Sounds like something is backing off by waiting for three seconds whenever
some lock failure occurs. I don't see what locking the code might want to
do (it should just do the NIS equivalent of reading /etc/groups and do a
"setgroups()" system call), but I assume that the NIS server ends up
having some strange locking.

You might do an "ltrace testcase" (and, probably, the nis server) to see
if you can see where it happens, and bug the appropriate maintainers.
Especially if you have a repeatable test-case (where "repeatable" isn't
just for your particular machine: it's probably timing-related), somebody
might even fix it ;)

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