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Old 02-12-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Strange behavior with simple backup routine

Hey all, I've created a simple backup system for quick restoring of files in case they get accidentally deleted. My backup server is running Debian Squeeze, and the storage is a 2TB MDADM RAID 10 array. I did something like this a while back and everything was working fine but I came in this morning and my Nagios server was complaining about my backup server (Critical CPU Usage and excessive processes). Here's what I'm using for my backup script:

mount -t cifs -o username=admin,password=Pass1! // /mnt/Windows
cp -R /mnt/Windows/"Not Shared"/* /mnt/r10/Backup/srvDictum2/5-Fri/NotShared
cp -R /mnt/Windows/Shared/* /mnt/r10/Backup/srvDictum2/5-Fri/Shared
umount /mnt/Windows
I ran ps -aux | less and toward the bottom I saw this:

root  14684  0.0  0.0  45556   776 ?   S    01:56   0:00 /USR/SBIN/CRON
root  14685  0.0  0.0   3956   372 ?   Ss   01:56   0:00 /bin/sh -c /home/jobee/bin/TueDictum2  >/dev/null 2>&1
root  14686  0.0  0.0   3956   384 ?   S    01:56   0:00 /bin/sh /home/jobee/bin/TueDictum2
root  14688  0.0  0.0  18080   684 ?   D    01:56   0:31 cp -R /mnt/Windows/Not Shared/ADA
and then 20 more lines filled with folder entries (/mnt/Windows yadda yadda). There were about 61 of those groups.

I started this from crontab (a different backup file for each day of the week) so I'm going to go in and kill that until I figure out what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Joe B
Old 02-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #2
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The process status is your big indicator here that its a wait issue.

The process status of D is disk wait basically.

Man page:
 D   uninterruptible sleep (usually IO)
This is a common problem with CIFS(atleast in my experience) windows shares. Its usually resolved by a reboot of the windows machine and a restart of the services on the linux machine but thats been in my cases. You can do an strace on teh process it is probably doing a "POLL" on a file descriptor which is a socket that is connecting to the windows machine. If that's the case you know the issue is on the Windows box.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:22 PM   #3
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Ok, thought it was because I was backing up over a 100Mb (when I thought it was a 1Gb connection) but that's not it. I'm running at 1Gb now and I'm still getting this error...

That was yesterday before I was interrupted. Today the server is almost unresponsive; ls -l takes about 10 seconds to display and an additional 10 seconds or so to run.

I don't understand why this worked on another server a few months ago but not now. I'll kill this backup, create some wimpy folders and files and experiment on them while running Wireshark to see if I can figure this out.


Joe B


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