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SubjectAwfully slow /proc/net/tcp, netstat, in.identd in 2.4 (updated)
There is definitely something really broken here.  One of our web servers
that was having the problem before has now decided to hit a load average
of 50 because identd is taking so long to parse /proc/net/tcp and give
back ident information.

stracing a process, I see:

open("/proc/net/tcp", O_RDONLY) = 4
fstat(4, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
mmap(0, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0x40009000
read(4, " sl local_address rem_address "..., 4096) = 4096
read(4, "00000000 01:0000023B 00000000 "..., 4096) = 4096
read(4, "0374800 2 c9ae0a60 25 4 0 2 -1 "..., 4096) = 4096
read(4, " \n 81: 0CDFAECC:0050"..., 4096) = 4096
read(4, "06 00000000:00000000 03:0000131F"..., 4096) = 4096
read(4, "0 0 0 2 e3a92800 "..., 4096) = 4096
...Switching to "strace -tt" on the same process which still hadn't
exited by the time I had typed "strace -tt", I see:

09:25:45.481608 read(4, "0 "..., 4096) = 4096
09:25:46.843441 read(4, " \n 354: 17612840:0050 23925BC0:"..., 4096) = 4096
09:25:47.542388 read(4, "0:00000000 03:00000B6C 00000000 "..., 4096) = 4096
09:25:49.649454 read(4, " 10385399 2 c9ae0a60 96 4 7 2 -1"..., 4096) = 4096
09:25:51.743338 read(4, "", 4096) = 0
Each 4k block is taking 2 seconds! It's probably competing with other
processes, but still, this is crazy.

[sroot@pro:/root]# time wc -l /proc/net/tcp
427 /proc/net/tcp
0.000u 0.650s 0:01.38 47.1% 0+0k 0+0io 69pf+0w

Also, other servers running exactly the same kernel on the exact same
hardware have _more_ entries in the table and are much faster:

[sroot@bridge:/root]# time wc -l /proc/net/tcp
805 /proc/net/tcp
0.010u 0.100s 0:00.10 100.0% 0+0k 0+0io 68pf+0w

Also, some inactive servers exactly the same kernel return instantly,
which is why I don't understand why walking too big a hash table can be
the problem:

[sroot@devel:/root]# time wc -l /proc/net/tcp
10 /proc/net/tcp
0.000u 0.000s 0:00.00 0.0% 0+0k 0+0io 113pf+0w

What gives?

Simon-

[ Stormix Technologies Inc. ][ NetNation Communications Inc. ]
[ sim@stormix.com ][ sim@netnation.com ]
[ Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of my employers. ]
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