On 2017-Dec-6, at 1:54 PM, Laurent Cimon <laurent at nuxi.ca> wrote: >> On Dec 6, 2017, at 00:57, Mark Millard <markmi at dsl-only.net> wrote: >> >> I tried to build some ports on a rpi2 >> (via poudriere) but it hung up: >> Ethernet and normal console use. (Note: >> the root file system is on a USB SSD >> and the swap partition is also on that >> USB SSD.) >> >> But ~^b worked for getting to the db> >> prompt on the console. >> >> From there a ps suggests that it got hung >> up in pfault activity. (Possibly insufficient >> RAM+swap-partition space?) But it is not >> clear to me that it should end up hung up >> vs. killing processes or other such. > > Hi, > > From what I know the raspberry pis use the same controller for ethernet and > the USB hub on which you’re hosting an SSD. It seems like you make very heavy > use of the USB ports, and all of the resources used by poudriere except for > the > CPU and the (very limited) memory that’s not in swap is attached to them. If > you > really didn’t have enough memory and swap, the linkers would’ve been stopped. > > I think it might just be a swap death. Poudriere compiles and fetches in > parallel > a lot, ethernet and disk I/O is slow because it’s very limited, so linking > takes > longer. You end up linking a few very big binaries at the same time, and they > all fight for the memory, to get out of swap through page faults, but there > are too many page faults, all too big, requesting for more CPU time that’s > allowed to them. > > This would explain why you have 3 linkers waiting on a page fault out of the 4 > CPUs poudriere allows builds on, on top of the awk processes. It would also > explain why you had easy access to the debugger: it was in memory already with > the kernel. > > I’d advise you to disable parallel builds and see if it happens again, > but it would make building much slower. Using makejobs would help if you > can afford watching the build. Otherwise be patient, it should resolve itself > eventually, but it will take a while and it will happen again.
My post was more about how FreeBSD handled the heavy-use context and less about getting the builds to finish: it managed to to get to a state of no-progress for processes and a loss of normal control as far as I could tell. I did a "c" to ddb and left it until just before this note then did ~ ^B again. Things looked the same. [I've finally rebooted the rpi2.] PARALLEL_JOBS=1 was already in use but ALLOW_MAKE_JOBS=yes was also in use. USE_TMPFS=no was already in use. While an ssh session was monitoring the build, Ethernet was not in heavy use. (No nfs mounts to its disks, for example.) I may try without ALLOW_MAKE_JOBS=yes and with ALLOW_MAKE_JOBS_PACKAGES empty/undefined to see if it can complete for such a context without having the same sort of problem. Ultimately I can cross-build and install from those materials when I really want updates. I have the context for such. This was more about seeing how well the rpi2 did for self-hosted. Classically I've used a BPI-M3 with 2 GiBytes of RAM and a proportionally bigger swap partition instead (approximately). FYI (rpi2 after rebooting): # swapinfo Device 1K-blocks Used Avail Capacity /dev/label/RPI2swap 1572860 0 1572860 0% # df -m Filesystem 1M-blocks Used Avail Capacity Mounted on /dev/ufs/RPI2rootfs 195378 30791 148957 17% / devfs 0 0 0 100% /dev /dev/label/RPI2Aboot 49 12 37 25% /boot/msdos An rpi3 (aarch64) with the same amount of RAM, same type of USB SSD, etc., but well more swap completed building basically the same set of ports for the same poudriere settings just fine. Interestingly for the default kern.maxswzone: (Just to show the reported recommended maximum figures for swap.) rpi2: . . . exceeds maximum recommended amount (411488 pages). rpi3: . . . exceeds maximum recommended amount (925680 pages). (I was running with somewhat under those maximums for the tests.) # swapinfo Device 1K-blocks Used Avail Capacity /dev/gpt/RPI3swap 3702784 0 3702784 0% # df -m Filesystem 1M-blocks Used Avail Capacity Mounted on /dev/ufs/RPI3rootfs 195378 14937 164811 8% / devfs 0 0 0 100% /dev /dev/label/RPI3Aboot 49 7 42 15% /boot/efi If I restricted the rpi3 to somewhat under what the rpi2 allows for swap, I do not know if it would also hang up vs. not. If having more swap makes the difference, then it would not seem to be being I/O-bound that would explain the hangup. === Mark Millard markmi at dsl-only.net _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list https://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-current-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"