How do I debug issues with controller memory utilization or low free memory?

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Product and Software: This article applies to all Aruba platforms and ArubaOS and higher.


Historically, debugging memory utilization has always been challenging and demands precise information capture to identify the memory consumption or leakage by a specific process or process thread.


These ArubaOS commands provide information about overall memory utilization and that by any given process:

  • show memory : displays overall platform memory consumption and available free memory
  • show processes sort-by memory: displays a list of all the processes running on the controller, sorted by the largest memory consuming processes listed at the top of the list.

Though these commands provide sufficient memory information, they must be executed at specific times and in most instances, periodically, to be able to trace memory utilization by a specific process on the controller.


If more than one process is suspected of consuming more than their normal foot prints or leaking memory, then executing multiple commands repeatedly over a monitoring period becomes a very tedious activity.


To simplify the process of debugging memory utilization issues, a new command called 'show memory debug' was introduced in ArubaOS,, and and later builds.


This new command is a combination of the 'show clock', 'show memory', 'show memory <process_name>,' and 'show storage' command outputs and is extremely useful in providing a snapshot of memory utilization by the critical system processes at a given point in time.


The output also includes the critical processes current and typical memory utilization. It also displays the 'show storage' command output and checks the /tmp space for any large files.


Here is a sample output of the 'show memory debug' command:


(Aruba2400)# show memory debug

memory snapshot: Fri Jan 29 02:23:38 2010


Memory (Kb): total: 256124, free: 87948

4096 /mswitch/bin/l2tpd -D

4060 /mswitch/bin/auth

3256 /mswitch/bin/isakmpd

3208 /mswitch/bin/wms -l 5

2724 /mswitch/bin/stm

2020 /mswitch/bin/profmgr

1684 /mswitch/bin/snmpd

14548 /mswitch/bin/fpapps

13888 /mswitch/bin/cfgm

1288 /mswitch/bin/pptpd -f

1252 /mswitch/bin/mobileip

1228 /mswitch/bin/udbserver

1172 /mswitch/bin/slb

992 /mswitch/bin/dbsync

860 /mswitch/bin/pim

auth : 3/18M (cur/typical) 0M over

stm : 2/18M (cur/typical) 0M over

wms : 3/18M (cur/typical) 0M over

cfgm : 13/15M (cur/typical) 0M over

fpapps : 14/20M (cur/typical) 0M over

profmgr : 1/ 8M (cur/typical) 0M over

isakmpd : 3/ 6M (cur/typical) 0M over

l2tpd : 4/ 8M (cur/typical) 0M over

mobileip : 1/ 4M (cur/typical) 0M over

pim : 0/ 2M (cur/typical) 0M over

pptpd : 1/ 5M (cur/typical) 0M over

dbsync : 0/ 3M (cur/typical) 0M over

slb : 1/ 4M (cur/typical) 0M over

snmpd : 1/ 5M (cur/typical) 0M over

udbserver: 1/ 4M (cur/typical) 0M over

No excessively large files found under /tmp

Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on

/dev/root 53532 53090 442 99% /

none 71680 3604 68076 5% /tmp

/dev/hda3 25901 10442 14122 43% /flash

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State

size-131072 0 0 131072 0 0 32

size-65536 0 0 65536 0 0 16

size-32768 1 1 32768 1 1 8

size-16384 0 3 16384 0 3 4

size-8192 1 2 8192 1 2 2

size-4096 17 19 4096 17 19 1


This command is executed periodically during a given monitoring period and helps identify an offending process or processes.

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