[syslog-ng] syslog CPU usage is sawtooth

Balazs Scheidler bazsi at balabit.hu
Wed Nov 14 08:47:37 CET 2007

On Tue, 2007-11-13 at 13:04 -0800, Evan Rempel wrote:
> We were running syslog-ng with default setting for time_sleep (which is 0)
> and were consuming approx 50% of a single CPU with syslog-ng. We were concerned about
> scalability because syslog-ng is single threaded, so we started tuning with time_sleep.
> We set it to 5 and adjusted related parameters (log_fetch_limit(250), log_fifo_size(1000000))
> and now we are seeing a sawtooth CPU usage with a small IO wait (2%) constant on top of the
> "user" cpu sawtooth.
> Tooth	cpu	duration
> 1	1-10%	25 minutes
> 2	2-10%	10 minutes
> 3	3-10%	10 minutes
> 4	4-10%	10 minutes
> This pattern repeats.
> Any ideas on why the sawtooth pattern started appearing only after we adjusted these settings?

Could you post an mrtg image? I guess you were gathering this input from
an image of some kind, and it's very difficult to understand without
actually seeing the picture.

You know a picture is worth thousand words :) which applies to this case
very nicely.

You can send it to me in private, if you think it contains sensitive


More information about the syslog-ng mailing list