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Date:      Tue, 4 Dec 2018 10:50:42 -0800
From:      Adam Strohl <adams-freebsd@ateamsystems.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   HAST Error: G_GATE_CMD_START failed: Cannot allocate memory.
Message-ID:  <79cd5422-9a89-bc32-a5f4-a4f7180641ee@ateamsystems.com>

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Hello Everyone,

We've been successfully using HAST (with ZFS and NFS on top) for years 
and years on a number of different deployments for our customers. 
Typically the setup is two HAST volumes with ZFS running zmirror over it.

Today, under FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE-p4, we went to setup an instance using 
4 disks using zraid1, and ran into an issue as soon as any significant 
writing occurred:

Two out of the 4 total HAST volumes immediately "crashed" and failed to 
report:

 >>>> hastctl status
;;Name  Status   Role           Components
zhsubd0 complete primary        /dev/ada0p4     nas2
zhsubd1 -        init           /dev/ada1p4     nas2
zhsubd2 complete primary        /dev/ada2p4     nas2
zhsubd3 -        init           /dev/ada3p4     nas2

On further inspection in syslog we'd see:

Dec  4 18:30:14 nas1 hastd[1475]: [zhsubd1] (primary) G_GATE_CMD_START 
failed: Cannot allocate memory.
Dec  4 18:30:14 nas1 devd: Processing event '!system=DEVFS 
subsystem=CDEV type=DESTROY cdev=hast/zhsubd1'
Dec  4 18:30:14 nas1 devd: Processing event '!system=GEOM subsystem=DEV 
type=DESTROY cdev=hast/zhsubd1'
Dec  4 18:30:14 nas1 hastd[578]: [zhsubd1] (primary) Worker process 
exited ungracefully (pid=1475, exitcode=71).
Dec  4 18:30:14 nas1 hastd[578]: [zhsubd1] (primary) Changing resource 
role back to init.

The only trace of this error I can find is in this mailing list entry: 
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-current/2015-May/055750.html

However we're not running a custom kernel.  This seems to be something 
specific to running more than 2 volumes.

Does anyone have any insight into what limit is being hit and how to fix it?

I can't find much documentation on MAXPHYS and what it does (or did).

I would be grateful for any assistance -- please let me know if there is 
a better place to post this or anyone needs more details.

Thank you!
-- 
Adam Strohl
http://www.ateamsystems.com/



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