Bug 9407 - rsync transfers cause zero window packets
Summary: rsync transfers cause zero window packets
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 3.0.9
Hardware: x64 Linux
: P5 major (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Wayne Davison
QA Contact: Rsync QA Contact
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-11-17 01:24 UTC by Emmett Culley
Modified: 2012-11-17 14:03 UTC (History)
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Wireshark packet stream capture (binary tcpdump) (41 bytes, text/plain)
2012-11-17 14:03 UTC, Emmett Culley
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Description Emmett Culley 2012-11-17 01:24:36 UTC
I am using BackupPC with rsync daemons running on the target machines.  Some targets are virtual and some are on their own hardware.

A couple of months ago I noticed that one of the VM targets always failed to get a backup, and upon investigation I found that the packet stream contained lots of zero window and keep alive packets.

The failure turned out to be caused by a wrong VM network driver on that particular VM and after resolving that all backups completed.  However that caused me to look into it further when I discovered that fixing the driver did not stop the zero window packets from happening and upon further investigation I discovered that ALL backup sessions are seeing lots of zero window packets, then further investigation shows that backups are taking way too long; as long as ten hours for a 35GB backup.

I've googled for zero window errors with rsync and nothing I've found points to anything that could resolve my issue.  But how can that be?  Am I the only one seeing this issue?  Or is it that no one is looking?

I am running CentOS 6 and Fedora 17, all of which have rsync 3.0.9-1, except one, which has 3.0.6-9.  I have a Gigibit LAN and iperf shows that there is a solid 900+Mbs throughput in both directions to/from all target machines and the backup server.
Comment 1 Emmett Culley 2012-11-17 14:03:34 UTC
Created attachment 8212 [details]
Wireshark packet stream capture (binary tcpdump)

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