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[Bug 459700] New: With MaxJobs=0, PreserveJobFiles=On cupsd uses 100% CPU



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Summary: With MaxJobs=0, PreserveJobFiles=On cupsd uses 100% CPU

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=459700

           Summary: With MaxJobs=0, PreserveJobFiles=On cupsd uses 100%
                    CPU
           Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
           Version: 5.1
          Platform: i386
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: high
          Priority: high
         Component: cups
        AssignedTo: twaugh redhat com
        ReportedBy: vgaikwad redhat com
                CC: fedora-triage-list redhat com
        Depends on: 421671
   Estimated Hours: 0.0
    Classification: Red Hat


+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #421671 +++

Description of problem:
On our production system we use a dedicated 2 dual core Xeon 2GB RAM server for 
printing (e.g. the server runs no service save CUPS).
In cupsd.conf we have:
   MaxJobs 0
   PreserveJobFiles On
and a daily cron script that purges jobs 14 days old.
On average we have 17,000 jobs in history.
Using the web interface if we click "Show all jobs" the cupsd process will hug 
100% of the CPU (1 core out of four) for 260 seconds (~4.5 minutes)!
During this time clients submitting print jobs (via lp) hang (the lp command 
doesn't fail), print jobs are not sent to idle/ready printers.
The same behavior is exhibited with commands such:
   lpstat -Wall -u
or
   lpstat -Wall -o MyPrinter

Thanks,
Opher Shachar,
LADPC Ltd.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
1.2.12-1

How reproducible:
Very.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.
2.
3.

Actual results:


Expected results:


Additional info:

--- Additional comment from twaugh redhat com on 2007-12-14 11:42:06 EDT ---

I have not yet been able to reproduce the problem here.

There is a large delay when fetching information for jobs where which-jobs=all,
and this is due to the fact that CUPS must load the completed jobs from the
file
system each time this operation is performed.  However, during this delay cupsd
is not processor-bound but disc-bound (i.e. usually state 'D' in the output of
ps, not 'R').

May I ask what MIME file types your print jobs are?  For instance, what output
does this command give, when run as root?:

ls -1 /var/spool/cups/d* | head -n1 | xargs file

The reason I ask is that when CUPS loads the completed jobs it seems to perform
automatic file-type detection in some cases, and I wonder if that's the case
here.

--- Additional comment from ophers ladpc co il on 2007-12-16 05:21:53 EDT ---

Hi,
The vast majority of print files are 
prd:/var/spool/cups# find . -name "d*" | sort | head -n2 | xargs file
./d96486-001: ISO-8859 text
./d96487-001: ISO-8859 text, with escape sequences
If it's relevant, some of the files are large 7MB+.

(incidentally,
    ls -1 d* | head -n1 | xargs file 
 gives: 
    d96486-001:   ERROR: cannot open `d96486-001' (No such file or directory)
)

We've tried lowering the number of files by deleting files older than 7 then 
6,5... days old from /var/spool/cups, after each time running:
   service cups reload
we noticed the time the CPU spent at 100% decreasing from 130 seconds, for 9600 
jobs, to 17 seconds for 1309 jobs.
Also as we lowered the number of files, cupsd was sending ready print jobs to 
printers (top showed entries of backends) but, still, new job submissions - 
using lp - hang while cupsd was at 100%.

We set MaxJobs=1000 in cupsd.conf and restarted cups (after work hours)
   service cups restart
the response, to lpstat -Wall -o, now was instantaneous (I had expected a 4 
second delay). It is running for 2.5 days now (with MaxJobs=1000) and the 
problem did not reappear.

Obviously we can't have our production system slagging neither is limiting the 
history to 1000 jobs too great. So, we're still in need for a solution.

Sincerely,
Opher Shachar,
LADPC Ltd.

--- Additional comment from twaugh redhat com on 2007-12-17 09:51:16 EDT ---

Changing version to 7.  Fedora Core 6 has reached its end-of-life; however this
problem remains in (at least) Fedora 7.

--- Additional comment from fedora-triage-list redhat com on 2008-05-14
11:09:27 EDT ---

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--- Additional comment from twaugh redhat com on 2008-05-14 11:25:23 EDT ---

Changing version to '8'.

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