[Yum] Re: Yum service hangs

Ugo Bellavance ugob at camo-route.com
Wed Sep 1 16:37:31 UTC 2004

Michael Stenner wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 01, 2004 at 11:22:29AM -0400, David L. Parsley wrote:
>>>unless your repos are REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY slow, I've found that a hang
>>>in yum is most often caused by an rpmdb lockup.
>>This issue was traced to a problem with ftp repos.  The hung yum process
>>has an open ftp control connection, with no packets queued for sending -
>>it just sits there keeping yum alive.  There's no time out in the ftp
>>code, and no timeout in yum waiting for the ftp.  My solution is to
>>release a new default yumconf in the next few weeks with all http repos,
>>because, I'm told, the http code gets 'more luvin'.
> Hehe.  While I doubt very much that's a real quote, I'm pretty sure
> I'm the one who said it :)  That's true.  Frankly, I don't think
> yum/urlgrabber is the place to fix such quirky ftp behavior, but
> rather in ftplib (which is part of the standard python distro).
> However, this is a significant problem.  If folks can provide me with
> a way to recreate such problems, I'd be happy to seriously look into
> them.  Also, each of these messages leads me to think we should bump
> timeouts up on the priority list a bit.

Maybe I can help, just tell me how.  I have 4 Tao Linux server here so 
it hangs quite often.  Usually for hours.


> This may not be something timeouts can help though.  How long will it
> hang?  A few minutes?  Hours?  If the latter, it's probably broken ftp
> handling (possibly server, more likely client, conceivably both).  In
> that case, timeouts won't help.
> 					-Michael

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