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Cluster reboots frequently without cause in logs (PACEMAKER)

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SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 12 SP2


Frequently nodes in a cluster get rebooted. Among the last entries on the node are

 2017-01-04T14:29:38.217687-06:00 saturn kernel: [160693.230387] cgroup: fork rejected by pids controller in /system.slice/pacemaker.service
 2017-01-04T14:36:49.590171-06:00 saturn kernel: [   42.724175] cgroup: fork rejected by pids controller in /system.slice/pacemaker.service
 2017-01-04T16:42:34.676537-06:00 saturn kernel: [   41.473142] cgroup: fork rejected by pids controller in /system.slice/pacemaker.service

This only happens on SLES 12 SP2. Clusters with SLES 11 or SLES 12 or SLES 12 SP1 are not affected.


This is a result of a feature in SLES 12 SP2 that set the DefaultTasksMax=512 for processes.

As the pacemaker cluster might operate a lot of resources and spawns a lot of lrmd processes this limit can be hit in some enviroments. As the release notes state, this is a possible limitation of an otherwise good default setting. This could be taken into account and planned before configuring the cluster.

To alleviate the issue the limit is simply increased, in


the entry


is changed to


and to activate this setting

systemctl daemon-reload


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  • Document ID:7018594
  • Creation Date: 07-Feb-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension

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