Cluster status reports MDSs behind on trimming

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SUSE Enterprise Storage 6


The cluster status shows the following health warnings:

HEALTH_WARN <x> MDSs behind on trimming
HEALTH_WARN x clients failing to respond to cache pressure


Temporarily increase the following values:
ceph config set mds mds_cache_trim_threshold 512K
ceph config set mds mds_recall_max_caps 10000
ceph config set mds mds_recall_max_decay_rate 1.5
ceph config set mds mds_cache_memory_limit xxxxxxxxxx
Also see the Additional Information Section.


One possible cause is that clients are failing to respond to cache pressure in a timely manner and are not returning / releasing caps (fast enough).

Additional Information

Note that the increased settings when set as per the resolution section are not permanent and will revert back to default once a MDS is restarted. Specifically regarding the "mds_cache_memory_limit", this is dependent on the total amount of memory available on the server. If feasible, double the current setting.

Also see TID 000019591: When running "du" command on a cephfs mount, ceph -s reports 1 MDSs report oversized cache.

To get more details on the clients caps usage, the following commands can be useful:
ceph tell mds.<ins_mds_server_name> client ls
ceph daemonperf mds.<ins_mds_server_name> (needs to be executed on the MDS host)


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  • Document ID:000019740
  • Creation Date: 23-Oct-2020
  • Modified Date:23-Oct-2020
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