History of a bug

Cannot create GC thread but a lot of memory

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Problem :

Launching a JVM I have the message : "Cannot create GC thread. Out of system resources"

  • Enough memory
  • Enough swap
  • Enough ulimit
  • Enough threads-max
  • Enough CPU

Event extend the PID limit...

Important (at the end) : debian version = 10.11

Solution :

After a hours of googling, I found :

But none of these solutions works and none was matching the number I had :

  • number of open files < ulimit -n
  • maximum process/tasks < ulimit -u

But in a thread, I found something that was working : UserTasksMax.
I'm running SystemD, I have around 10805 task running for my user.
And from : https://manpages.debian.org/stretch/systemd/logind.conf.5.en.html


Sets the maximum number of OS tasks each user may run concurrently. This controls the TasksMax= setting of the per-user slice unit, see systemd.resource-control(5) for details. If assigned the special value "infinity", no tasks limit is applied. Defaults to 33%, which equals 10813 with the kernel's defaults on the host, but might be smaller in OS containers.

For my suspect PID (a lot of files) :

  • cat /proc/21890/status | grep Thread => 1 thread
  • ls /proc/21890/task | wc
  • confirmed by the usual command : ps -eLf | grep calrisk | wc

I have around 10805 threads running for a given JVM very close to the limit.

Complete guide :


Parameters not present in all man page, it could grown up to 12288 on latest version.

To be check !



Logitech Media Server and Synology DS218play

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Problem :

Logitech media server is not supported anymore by Synology (bouuuuh.)

Spotted by number of threads :

  • https://community.synology.com/enu/forum/1/post/141628
  • https://www.avforums.com/threads/synology-and-lms.2332981/
  • https://community.jeedom.com/t/synology-maj-package-perl-lms-squeezebox-hs/57576
  • https://www.homecinema-fr.com/forum/source-dematerialisee-haute-fidelite-et-dac/logitech-squeezebox-t29927392-7185.html

I have a DS218play, ARMv8 based

Solution :

Instead of switching back to the old package, or create my new one, I decided to install docker.

I followed this thread : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/52520008/can-i-install-docker-on-arm8-based-synology-nas

Quite easy.

I follow also the script here : https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wdmomoxx/catdriver/master/install-docker.sh but I download docker from original site instead.

I use this image : https://registry.hub.docker.com/r/lmscommunity/logitechmediaserver/#!

And run this command, not perfect (log, daemon, docker image should be started... will update this later).


docker run --network=host -it \
      -v "/volume1/partage/docker/lms/config":"/config":rw \
	  -v "/volume1/music":"/music":ro \
	  -v "/volume1/partage/docker/lms/playlist":"/playlist":rw \
	  -v "/etc/localtime":"/etc/localtime":ro \
	  -v "/etc/TZ":"/etc/timezone":ro \
	  -v "/dev":"/dev" \
       lmscommunity/logitechmediaserver &> /volume1/partage/docker/lms-docker.log

Added :  --network=host  (and remove mapping port) and -v "/dev":"/dev"

Upgrade debian et lost network

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Problem :

I manage a dedicated server in OVH and I upgrade my debian from jessie to buster. Upgrade works quite well (it seems...) and I try to restart.

Server reboot fails as unreachable, fortunately OVH rescue mode allows me to login.

I check error log and first lost myself in RAID error message, but it was more simple than that.

Solution :

I check the /etc/network/interfaces file, it was OK

I check the logs files, clean, reboot, check again, still OK except that network was unreachable for named.

I finally remember that Debian switch to systemD in latest version so I tried to create system networking file manually : too complicate, it was not working.

In rescue mode, you can access your files as a mounted point so usual commands as systemctl does not work.

The solution was to chroot a shell :

  1. mkdir /mnt/md2
  2. mount /dev/md2 /mnt/md2
  3. chroot /mnt/md2 bash
  4. systemctl enable networking

And it works...

Now I have to check all other system to be sure that everything is working...

Begining with :

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get clean

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo dpkg --configure -a


Montage Samba et erreurs à côté de la plaque

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Le problème :

Dans deux cas, j'exécute la commande mount via ansible pour monter un partage samba sur deux clients Linux.

Dans les deux cas, le montage est en échec pour cause :

  • soit "CIFS VFS: validate protocol negotiate failed: -13"

Solution :

Les erreurs venaient à chaque fois de ma configuration Samba côté serveur.

Les tests que j'ai réalisé pour retrouver la cause :

  1. Tester le montage du partage à partir de Windows (j'obtenais la même erreur : le problème vient du serveur)
  2. A partir des linux : smbclient -L <monserveur> -A /path/to/mycredentials
    • ça, ça marchait dans 1 cas, dans l'autre cas, le nom du partage était mauvais : tilt ! (n°1)
  3. Avec le user samba, je suis aller dans le répertoire partagé pour vérifier que j'avais bien les droits
    • et là ça ne marchait pas pour le 2ème cas (negociation failed)

Après avoir remis les droits pour l'un, corrigé mon template ansible pour l'autre, tout marche.

Pour info la configuration mis en place :

  workgroup = SAMBA
  security = user
  unix password sync = no
  log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
  guest account = {{samba_user.user}}
  force group = {{samba_user.group}}
  force user = {{samba_user.user}}
  create mode = 0660
  directory mode = 0770

  valid users={{samba_user.user}}
  browseable = yes
  force create mode = 0660
  force directory mode = 0770

Et pour autoriser les users à se connecter via leur compte unix et toujours autoriser ce user générique à accéder aux fichiers :

# Ensure all files are owned by {{ samba_user.user }}
  shell: "chown -R {{ samba_user.user }}:{{ samba_user.group }} {{samba_share.export_path}}" 

# Ensure sticky bit is present on all directories
  shell: "find {{ samba_share.export_path }} -type d -exec chmod g+s {} +" 

# Add default rw for default group on {{ samba_share.export_path }}
  shell: "setfacl -m d:g::rwx {{ samba_share.export_path }}" 

# Add default rw for default group on subdirectories
  shell: "find {{ samba_share.export_path }} -type d -exec setfacl -m d:g::rwx {} +" 

Merci à eux :


SystemD and tomcat hang on startup

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Problem :

I used robertdebock/ansible-role-tomcat to install a Tomcat instance using Ansible. Works well until I deploy an application on it. Then java process hangs with 100% system CPU.

Starting with tomcat users without system work correctly.

Solution :

I suspected :

  • SELinux
  • Linux limits
  • VM slow I/O

But after a while I ran strace :

  • by modifying systemd configuration
  • by modifying catalina.sh configuration

All I have was a simple FUTEX wait...

And then I read the manual, as simple as :

strace -f -e trace=all -p <PID>

No need to trace from startup and by default, not all is traced...

After that, easy way, the process was reading recursively :


Just fixing the working_directory in the ansible role, and all is working.

Issue reported here.


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