[syslog-ng] syslog-ng never frees RAM
Jose Angel Santiago
jasantiago at stratio.com
Thu Sep 6 09:50:49 UTC 2018
I was testing your fix in several environments before replying,
unfortunately syslog-ng stills shows a huge RAM consumption in our use of
We have two wildcard-file sources defined in our syslog-ng conf file, both
of them have the same base-dir reference, but one source has a
filename-pattern and the other source has a different one (I think we can't
use the same source and several filename-patterns because of the lack of
regular expression support). We execute the deletion of obsolete files and
folder under base-dir once every 2 days, and we create a lot of new folders
and files constantly while using our platform, but the growth of these log
files (the ones affected by the filename-pattern) has been pretty low in
this test, about 10-20 msgs per second total.
This is some data of the fix test:
Syslog-ng was consuming 21,7G of RAM with 10600 files affected by the
filename-pattern and 20000 folders under base-dir (not a single folder were
deleted yet so this is the expected behaviour of syslog-ng, and we find it
One hour later, right before the cleaning process was executed, syslog-ng
was consuming 35G of RAM, and it didn't decrease after the cleaning, not
even a little, with just 380 files affected by the filename-pattern and
2200 folders under base-dir.
There is no message in the syslog-agent queue and all the messages are
received by the relay (which ingest messages in an elasticsearch)
For the record, we do noticed a small RAM usage decrease in a previous test
in a lab environment when we deleted every folder & file under base-dir
(from 870M to 550M).
It seems syslog-ng wildcard-source is not optimized when it has too handle
thousands of folders and filename-patterns under base-dir. Have you ever
test the wildcard-source with a use of case similar to ours?
Can I send you any more information which may help to find out how to
optimize it? I wish I can help with the code but I have no idea of C
Thanks in advance.
2018-09-04 18:03 GMT+02:00 Nagy, Gábor <gabor.nagy at oneidentity.com>:
> Thanks for the thorough investigation!
> We've checked it and found a memory leak in directory monitoring.
> I've pushed the fix to my fork and created a merge request about it:
> Can you verify that this fixes your problem, please?
> > log-fifo-size value is 345000, so I assume it can't be a buffer
> situation since 345000 messages can't occupy 40-50 GB of memory.
> Well our default log-msg-size is 64kB so if all messages have a size of
> log-msg-size then it can be around ~21GB when syslog-ng is buffering.
> Best Regards,
> On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 10:50 AM Jose Angel Santiago <
> jasantiago at stratio.com> wrote:
>> I'm using syslog-ng 3.16.1 with wildcard-file as source (let's call it
>> "syslog-agent), which sends log messages to another syslog-ng acting as a
>> I've noticed that syslog-agent instances RAM consumption keeps increasing
>> until they leave no free memory in the cluster (each server has 64G of
>> RAM). In my use case, new folders & files are created constantly under
>> base-dir folder, but every 2 days obsolete folders & files are deleted. I
>> assumed that syslog-ng would free some RAM every time those folders & files
>> are deleted, but it doesn't, not even if I run a syslog-ng-ctl reload
>> log-fifo-size value is 345000, so I assume it can't be a buffer situation
>> since 345000 messages can't occupy 40-50 GB of memory.
>> I've performed the following test to reproduce the situation in small
>> - Launch a syslog-agent with a wildcard-file source reading from
>> "/tmp/test/" base-dir. syslog-agent RAM usage is about 125M.
>> - Run a simple script to create complex folder hierarchy under /tmp/test
>> and some files with 5000 log messages to read from.
>> - Wait until syslog-agent RAM usage gets 1GB
>> - Stop script execution and wait until syslog-agent has send all logs to
>> - Delete everything under /tmp/test and execute syslog-ng-ctl reload
>> - 24 hours after, syslog-agent RAM usage still is 1GB
>> I've used heaptrack tool as a try to find a memory leak in syslog-ng, you
>> can see in the attached image that iv_list_empty function in iv_list.h file
>> is where most of the RAM usage is.
>> How do I get syslog-ng to free RAM? Or is it a memory leak?
>> Thanks in advance.
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