Opened 14 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

#7817 closed defect (fixed)

time has stopped and CPU is %nan

Reported by: janni Owned by:
Component: guest smp Version: VirtualBox 3.2.10
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: Linux Host type: Linux



I am experiencing strange partial lock-ups in the guest. The system runs fine and after some time, dmesg tells me that "Clocksource tsc unstable (delta = 4398042164711 ns)". ntpd corrects the time and everything's fine. Then, after a random amount of time (last time it was about 5 days), the time stops running monotonously.

This is what I mean:

jan@janniweb:~$ date
Fr 10. Dez 07:13:26 CET 2010
jan@janniweb:~$ date
Fr 10. Dez 07:13:27 CET 2010
jan@janniweb:~$ date
Fr 10. Dez 07:13:28 CET 2010
jan@janniweb:~$ date
Fr 10. Dez 07:13:29 CET 2010
jan@janniweb:~$ date
Fr 10. Dez 07:13:25 CET 2010
jan@janniweb:~$ date
Fr 10. Dez 07:13:28 CET 2010

And the time never gets past 07:13:29.

top tells me that all CPUs are being 100% idle (Cpu(s): 0.0%us, 0.0%sy, 0.0%ni,100.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st which is definitely not the case. htop shows every CPU at "nan%".

This behaviour causes several services to stop working, including ntpd and dovecot (smtpd). I can't even restart these services. Trying /etc/init.d/dovecot restart hangs and dovecot does not respond to SIGTERM anymore. Unmounting a partition makes mount lock up, so I can't even reboot. The only way to recover is to terminate VBoxHeadless via Ctrl+C and restart it. The host serves 3 other virtual machines via VirtualBox, all running Debian 5 with a Linux 2.6.26-2-amd64 SMP kernel. They never had these problems.

I already tried the following (nothing solved the problem), as I think that some kind of time sync is the problem:

  1. remove GA, thus disabling host-guest time sync
  2. adding several different kernel options (no_lapic, no_apic, clocksource=acpi_pm, divider, ...)
  3. using ntpd to keep the time in sync
  4. reinstalled Debian several times (an act of desperation)

The problem persists since some 3.0.x version (don't know the exact version anymore). Since the 3.2.12 Changelog didn't mention anything that goes in my direction, I haven't updated, yet. Updating means telling all customers to stop their machines at a specific point of time, which is troublesome, so I didn't update.

Let me know if you need more log files than those I have already attached.

Thank you

PS. I'm not sure about the "Component" of this ticket...

Attachments (2)

VBox.log (46.7 KB ) - added by janni 14 years ago.
VIrtualBox log
dmesg.log (26.1 KB ) - added by janni 14 years ago.
dmesg of the guest

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Change History (3)

by janni, 14 years ago

Attachment: VBox.log added

VIrtualBox log

by janni, 14 years ago

Attachment: dmesg.log added

dmesg of the guest

comment:1 by Frank Mehnert, 13 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Please reopen if still relevant with VBox 4.1.6.

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