TMM Core Files¶
Core files are typically produced to diagnose chronic issues such as memory leaks, high CPU usage, and intermittent networking issues. The Debug sidecar’s core-tmm utility creates a diagnostic core file of the Cloud-Native Network Functions (CNFs) Traffic Management Microkernel (TMM) process. Once obtained, the core file can be provided to F5 support for further analysis.
This document describes how to create, and obtain a TMM core file in an OpenShift orchestration environment.
Ensure you have:
- A Linux cluster Node using systemd-coredump.
- A working OpenShift cluster.
- A Linux based workstation.
- Installed the Debug Sidecar
Generate the core file¶
Use the following steps to connect to the TMM Proxy Pod’s debug container, and generate a core file using the core-tmm command.
Connect to the debug container:
oc exec -it deploy/f5-tmm -c debug -n <project> -- bash
In this example, the debug sidecar is in the cnf-gateway Project:
oc exec -it deploy/f5-tmm -c debug -n cnf-gateway -- bash
Generate the TMM core file:
Note: It may be helpful to note the time the core is being generated.
Floating point exception (core dumped)
Obtain the core file¶
Use these steps to launch an oc debug Pod, and Secure Copy (SCP) the TMM core file to a remote server.
Obtain the name of the worker node that the TMM Pod is running on:
oc get pods -n <project> -o wide | grep f5-tmm
In this example, the TMM Pod named f5-tmm-7cd5b85bdb-7c4b7 is in the cnf-gateway Project, and is running on worker-2.ocp.f5.com:
oc get pods -n cnf-gateway -o wide | grep f5-tmm
NAME READY STATUS IP NODE f5-tmm-7cd5b85bdb-7c4b7 3/3 Running 10.244.2.107 worker-2.ocp.f5.com f5-tmm-7cd5b85bdb-b7rgb 3/3 Running 10.244.3.90 worker-1.ocp.f5.com
Launch the oc debug Pod:
Note: The oc debug command creates a new Pod, and opens a command shell.
oc debug node/<node name>
In this example, we create a copy of the worker-2.ocp.f5.com Pod:
oc debug node/worker-2.ocp.f5.com
Creating debug namespace/openshift-debug-node-m7f8z ... Starting pod/worker-2ocpf5com-debug ... To use host binaries, run `chroot /host` Pod IP: 10.144.2.107 If you don't see a command prompt, try pressing enter.
To use the host binaries run:
List the core files written to the journal:
In this example, note the TIME the file was created and the PID (process ID):
TIME PID UID GID SIG COREFILE EXE Mon 2021-01-01 12:00:00 UTC 590091 0 0 8 truncated /usr/bin/tmm64.no_pgo
Change into the core file directory, and list the core file on the file system:
cd /var/lib/systemd/coredump; ls -1
In this example, the PID 590091 from the previous step identifies the bottom core file:
cd /var/lib/systemd/coredump; ls -1 'core.tmm\x2e0.0.951073d306bb4465a3d784e29da99995.1004628.1617028629000000.lz4' 'core.tmm\x2e0.0.951073d306bb4465a3d784e29da99995.2442391.1617019721000000.lz4' 'core.tmm\x2e0.0.951073d306bb4465a3d784e29da99995.590091.1617133773000000.lz4'
Create an MD5 signature of the core file to ensure file integrity:
md5sum <core_file> > <file_name>
In this example, an MD5 signature is obtained of the TMM core file, and saved to a file named tmm_core.md5:
md5sum core.tmm\x2e0.0.951073d306bb4465a3d784e29da99995.590091.1617133773000000.lz4 \ > tmm_core.md5
Secure Copy (SCP) the TMM core file to the remote server:
scp <tmm_core> <username>@<ip address>:<directory>
In this example, the file is copied using the ocadmin user, to the remote server with IP address 10.244.4.10:
scp core.tmm\x2e0.0.951073d306bb4465a3d784e29da99995.590091.1617133773000000.lz4 \ email@example.com:/var/tmp/
Secure Copy (SCP) the MD5 file to the remote server:
scp <md5_file> <username>@<ip address>:<directory>
scp tmm_core.md5 firstname.lastname@example.org:/var/tmp/
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