[rabbitmq-discuss] Problem stopping and starting rabbitmq (branch bug21673)

scott w scottblanc at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 21:55:09 GMT 2010

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 12:29 PM, Matthew Sackman <matthew at lshift.net>wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 12:24:00PM -0800, scott w wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM, Matthew Sackman <matthew at lshift.net
> >wrote:
> > > They should do the same thing. This one is very odd - it looks like tcp
> > > listeners are being started as the Erlang VM kernel is being shutdown.
> > > I've never seen this before, but I'd be slightly surprised if it's
> > > unique to 21673. Can you reproduce this at all on the default branch?
> >
> > Unfortunately no. To be honest, everything works fine on small loads. We
> are
> > using that branch for very large loads where the number of tasks don't
> fit
> > into memory. So while the problem itself may not be specific to this
> branch,
> > I haven't seen this problem in the default branch because the default
> can't
> > handle the loads we're generating.
> Right. We have another suspicion, that you may be stopping rabbit with
> rabbitmqctl stop_app and then using something in /etc/init.d to start
> Rabbit. stop_app only stops the rabbit application running within the
> Erlang VM. It doesn't stop the erlang VM itself. Hence the difference
> between rabbitmqctl stop and rabbitmqctl stop_app. Could that be what's
> going on?

I don't think so. I haven't been using that command on these machines. But
it's possible someone else tried running that command without telling me :)

> > > Also, which version of Erlang are you running? 12B3 is the minimum for
> > > that branch, and 13B03 is recommended.
> > >
> >
> > 12B-4 is what we're building from source. What benefits would we get from
> > upgrading to 13B03?
> Thousands of bug fixes, and a much better GC.


> > Btw, are there any special rabbitmq/erlang commands or tools we can run
> to
> > verify that rabbimq is healthy beyond running rabbitmqctl and looking at
> > logs? I find the logs rather cryptic sometimes.
> Generally, provided something like rabbitmqctl list_queues is
> responsive, all is well. If that starts taking several seconds to
> respond then Rabbit's under heavy load, but that doesn't mean anything's
> going wrong, just that it's got a lot to do.
> We've always written Rabbit very defensively - if it starts to go wrong,
> it'll explode hard, quickly. So in general, if it's up and running and
> doing something, then it's usually quite happy.

Ok good to know.


> Matthew
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