Miscellaneous page with pre-existing RAM disks config can't be saved
Having an installation of pfSense using RAM disks one can't save any other changes made on the System->Advanced->Miscellaneous page after Upgrading to 2.4.5. The page presents the error: "Combined size of /tmp and /var RAM disks would exceed free kernel memory." The statement of the error message would be right, if there should be added another RAM disk with the given size to the system in addition to the active one. I guess this check for free RAM doesn't take into account, that there is already a RAM disk existing, using RAM. The check should subtract an existing RAM disk size from the used memory to determine the free space required.
I would expect not changing anything to an existing RAM disks does not show the error.
affected version: pfSense 2.4.5, previous versions were fine.
Updated by Jim Pingle about 2 years ago
- Status changed from New to Confirmed
- Target version set to 2.5.0
I was able to replicate this on an ARM system (SG-3100).
Kernel Memory before activating RAM disks:
vm.kmem_map_free: 131039232 vm.kmem_map_size: 197795840 vm.kmem_size_scale: 3 vm.kmem_size_max: 328833434 vm.kmem_size_min: 12582912 vm.kmem_zmax: 65536 vm.kmem_size: 328835072
Kernel Memory after activating RAM disks (40M /tmp, 60M /var):
vm.kmem_map_free: 41320448 vm.kmem_map_size: 287514624 vm.kmem_size_scale: 3 vm.kmem_size_max: 328833434 vm.kmem_size_min: 12582912 vm.kmem_zmax: 65536 vm.kmem_size: 328835072
: df -h /tmp /var Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on /dev/md0 38M 336K 35M 1% /tmp /dev/md1 58M 19M 34M 36% /var
Free Before - Free After = 89718784
So the free amount went down by about 90M but the RAM disks total 100M. I'm not exactly sure why there is a discrepancy in the numbers. It's close but not quite the same.
If we add the configured RAM disk size to the vm.kmem_map_free value before calculating if things fit it should help, but there is still some danger of the calculation being incorrect.