[Dovecot] FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE/kqueue high CPU load
V.Haisman at sh.cvut.cz
Fri Sep 22 15:58:49 EEST 2006
LI Xin wrote, On 20.9.2006 17:36:
> Taras Savchuk wrote:
>>> What if you get some output from ktrace/kdump? Additionally, try to
>>> force the process to save a coredump and investigate its .core with gdb
>>> would help tracking down the issue...
>>> Note that because when using kqueue the process should get a "kqread" if
>>> it is waiting for kqueue event. If the process is stuck in "RUN" state
>>> then a coredump would be more helpful.
>> ~20000 calls to gettimeofday() per second. Is it normall?
> No! What's more, gettimeofday() is much more expensive on FreeBSD than
> its Linux counterpart, as it provides higher resolution time which is
> not useful for many applications.
> My guess is that your imap instance is stuck in a state where either
> kevent() is called with a zero ts structure (which is effectively a
> poll) every time, or some other weird thing happend.
Yes, thats exactly what happens. I tried to debug this, once.
But first some introduction. There are two kqueues. One for directory
change notification, that is the descriptor 5. And the second is for
polling for events on other handles, including the kqueue for directory
change notification, descriptor 4. Now, two strange things happen when
you see the 100% load. The time to next timer run is always zero or
close to zero, and the second is that the descriptor 5 seems to be
always signaling some event. I never found out why either of the two
>> mail2# cat k.dov.l.txt | grep CALL | grep gettimeofday | wc -l
>> mail2# head -n 1 k.dov.l.txt
>> 20910 imap 0.000000 CALL gettimeofday(0x80c2c60,0x80c2c68)
>> mail2# tail -n 1 k.dov.l.txt
>> 20910 imap 51.826065 RET gettimeofday 0
> Are these gettimeofday() calls called one by one? Or is there any other
> calls between gettimeofday's?
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