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DeepSea node runs out of memory and / or root filesystem disk space

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SUSE Enterprise Storage 4
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The DeepSea salt master node runs out of memory and or reports that the root file system is full. Messages similar to the below are flooding the "/var/log/salt/master" log file:

2018-01-15 15:20:51,512 [salt.utils.process][ERROR   ][1149] An un-handled exception from the multiprocessing process 'Maintenance-18' was caught:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/utils/", line 647, in _run
    return self._original_run()
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/", line 240, in run
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/daemons/", line 193, in clean_old_jobs
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/returners/", line 430, in clean_old_jobs
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 247, in rmtree
    rmtree(fullname, ignore_errors, onerror)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 252, in rmtree
    onerror(os.remove, fullname, sys.exc_info())
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 250, in rmtree
OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/var/cache/salt/master/jobs/6d/431cfbd8dccac414c625deb28178aed3c7625fdc5765849dda1897e039c114/jid'


This will eventually be addressed with an update to DeepSea, currently to work around the issue create a CRON job that runs once per day (or multiple times per day if deemed necessary) that automatically removes all files older than one day from the salt masters jobs cache using something like the below examples:

/usr/bin/find /var/cache/salt/master/jobs/ -type f -mtime +1 -delete 2>&1 | logger -t salt-jobs


/usr/bin/find /var/cache/salt/master/jobs/ -type f -mtime +1 | xargs /usr/bin/rm 2>&1 | logger -t salt-jobs

The above will find all files older than one day and remove them, logging any errors to "/var/log/messages" with a "salt-jobs" entry.


Runners in jinja are executed as root resulting in runner jobs having root file permissions. The salt-master service however runs as salt:salt and is thus unable to manage these files in its job cache.

Additional Information

An additional temporary solution may be to simply intermittently change the ownership of all files in the salt master job cache recursively to salt:salt using for example:

chown -R salt:salt /var/cache/salt/master/jobs/*


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  • Document ID:7022654
  • Creation Date: 12-Feb-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
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