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Re: Sun Boxes Crashing

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Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 14:09:11 +1100
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Sounds exactly like the type of problem we experienced recently (same environment) is a response direct from Sun techo's:

I've had a look at the crash dump and the problem appears to be that a kernel thread's stack overflowed. This, unfortunately, happens occasionally if you run with too many levels of different filesystems/device layers. (In your case vxfs/vxio/sd)

The only real way to fix/workaround the problem is to increase the size of the kernel stacks.

i'd suggest you add

set rpcmod:svc_run_stksize=0x4000
set lwp_default_stksize=0x4000

to /etc/system then reboot the domain to take effect.

the only reason it happened is because the kernel thread was interrupted to service a disk request. This pushed the stack over the normal 0x2000 limit.

The crash was sufficient to corrupt one of our largest datafiles and appeared to occur after running a large insert batch job in parallel.

We only made these changes yesterday afternoon so obviously it's too early to qualify!


"Rama Malladi" <> on 07/09/2000 08:40:38

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To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L <> cc: (bcc: GRANT G HOLYOAKE/NSO/CSDA)
Subject: Sun Boxes Crashing

We have several Sun boxes (Solaris 2.6) running Oracle 8, 8i. One of the boxes (description given below) Kept rebooting and this machine happens to run one of the most critical billing systems (Murphy's law!).

Overall, this machine rebooted some 40 times, in a period of 2 months and some nights, it rebooted as many as 10 times! Our SysAdmin contacted Sun Engineers and they never told us what exactly was the problem, and kept replacing CPUs, Memory boards, SCSI cards etc ... This happened several times and last week there was an article in Computer Weekly magazine saying several customers were having this kind of problem on Sun boxes and Sun tried to hush up the matter ...!!

Has anybody else faced this kind of situation?

Just curious ...

System Configuration: Sun Microsystems sun4u 8-slot Sun Enterprise E4500/E5500
SunOS uscaelmux06 5.6 Generic_105181-21 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-Enterprise
Author: Rama Malladi

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