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504 Gateway Timeout when executing smt-ncc-sync

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Environment

Subscription Management Tool
SUSE Manager
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Situation

In the SMT log files of the smt-ncc-sync command (/var/log/smt/smt-ncc-sync.log on SMT 11), you find the following failure message:

2012-10-24 01:03:58 SMT::Mirror::RegData - [error] Failed to POST
'https://secure-www.novell.com/center/regsvc-1.0/?command=regdata&lang=en-US&version=1.0': 504 Gateway Time-Out

The acording smt-ncc-sync cron job in /etc/smt.d/novell.com-smt is set to a time between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. GMT.

The same may be true on a SUSE Manager system, when executing the mgr-ncc-sync command.

The cause of the issue is, that because of the huge numbers of installed SMT servers the default sync window is too small. There is a peak of SMT traffic between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. GMT.

Resolution

Please install smt version 1.2.1-0.5.1 or higher. This update re-schedules the smt-daily and the smt-gen-report cronjobs, if they are still configured to use the default sync window.


As an alternative it is possible to to fix the issue on your SMT server manually: Edit the file

/etc/smt.d/novell.com-smt

and alter the smt-daily line which may look as follows:

10 1 * * * root /usr/lib/SMT/bin/smt-daily

The second field stands for the hour, in which the cron job is executed. Alter this number in a way to add two to five hours. As an example:

10 4 * * * root /usr/lib/SMT/bin/smt-daily

In this example the smt-ncc-sync job is scheduled 3 hours later.

Additional Information

  • We identified and implemented some efficiencies in our gateway stack that allowed more systems to sync at once. This reduced the number of gateway timeouts during peak usage.
  • We've identified and implemented additional efficiencies related to the way the registration service connects to the database.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7010991
  • Creation Date:24-OCT-12
  • Modified Date:08-JAN-13
    • SUSESubscription Management Tool
      SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
      SUSE Manager

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