Centos7, Rackspace and kswap0

Posted on 12 Apr 2015, By Luis Vinay under DevOps, Infrastructure as Code

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I’ve just started to test an application from one my clients in CentOS 7. A Python app that runs on Python 2.7 that is the default version in the latest version of CentOS/RHEL. As usual, all the cloud providers don’t configure the swap space by default, so I have to configure Chef to create it when the deploy starts. When I started to test the deployment, I discover that the instance crashed compiling some of the Python modules. Debugging I see a problem that is reported a very frequently if you search in Google: “kswapd0 using all the CPU”.

I switch my tests to Digital Ocean, and there it worked perfectly. After a while, I discovered some differences in /etc/sysctl.conf. Rackspace guys setup vm.swappiness=0, thing that triggers a bug in kswap0 (there is information about this on the net). I’ve disabled that configuration and the variable took the value of 30, the default in the kernel.

And everything works again…

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