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Bug Fix Advisory sysstat bug fix and enhancement update

Advisory: RHBA-2010:0552-1
Type: Bug Fix Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2010-07-22
Last updated on: 2010-07-22
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

Details

An updated sysstat package that provides several bug fixes and adds an
enhancement is now available.

The sysstat package provides the sar and iostat commands. These commands enable
system monitoring of disk, network, and other I/O activity.

This updated sysstat package provide fixes for the following bugs:

* sar data set the maximum number of days in log files too high, which appended
data from the previous month to the next one instead of replacing it. This
updated package resolves this issue and sets the maximum to 25 days. (BZ#609819)

* sysstat's programs such as mpstat wrongly interpreted the /proc data and
showed information about one fictive cpu. This update resolves this issue and
these fictive data are not displayed anymore. (BZ#609821)

* the "sar -d " command used to output invalid data. This issue is resolved and
the updated package recognizes disk reregistration and disk statistic overflow
better. Now, only relevant data is displayed. (BZ#609824)

* on ia64 machines, the output of sar -I ALL/XALL wrongly showed information
about interruptions. This issue is resolved and the updated package does not use
sar -I for this type of architecture. (BZ#609826)

* iostat -n used invalid data to create the statistic. The updated package
resolves this issue and the data source is now changed. Additionally, one new
column has been added. (BZ#609991)

* though function write() executed successful, the return value wasn't equal to
the supposed write size. So, p_write_error() ran and the following message
appeared: "Cannot write data to system activity file: Success". In this updated
package, the sadc utility successfully writes the remaining input, thus
resolving this issue. (BZ#609994)

All sysstat users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which resolves
these issues.


Solution

Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)

SRPMS:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: f0531ca82a7bb86a459a8726299b2542
SHA-256: c36899278abbf8d71c1608ae246df0d180fea056d5fe62eeeb8b72aa3593bd38
 
IA-32:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: 8cce131c6c38705209de43c1b0b23fe1
SHA-256: eae5d29fdabc7a8c423f6df11f31f11bfe4ac802375729eb73fa02eb2e414934
 
IA-64:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.ia64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: 49e2593d6a1c92b62e46ede6e0e90f96
SHA-256: a557c65b866219aa4573e9f0f1392cd89ed7bf893a03303ffe4ee38d1e771c79
 
PPC:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.ppc.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: 36777422504feb45d60ce458111132c9
SHA-256: d296aaba93d5e116a77c116b28dc0ff8a90dbbd0d110737aba9c75faf939b436
 
s390x:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.s390x.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: 0558919f67a73f777220742fcdb60d7f
SHA-256: 33742fc97c89d9fd339c029ba83ed8ed2047a405587a251469ea7de0157038ac
 
x86_64:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: 267df7f43dbb07274bfbcce34ee56b9f
SHA-256: 51280a9a8d8549b4301dbda14abbe912568dbb3d2f34a01d8372113943d86532
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

SRPMS:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: f0531ca82a7bb86a459a8726299b2542
SHA-256: c36899278abbf8d71c1608ae246df0d180fea056d5fe62eeeb8b72aa3593bd38
 
IA-32:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.i386.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: 8cce131c6c38705209de43c1b0b23fe1
SHA-256: eae5d29fdabc7a8c423f6df11f31f11bfe4ac802375729eb73fa02eb2e414934
 
x86_64:
sysstat-7.0.2-3.el5_5.1.x86_64.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1219
    MD5: 267df7f43dbb07274bfbcce34ee56b9f
SHA-256: 51280a9a8d8549b4301dbda14abbe912568dbb3d2f34a01d8372113943d86532
 
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

609819 - March sar data was appended to February data
609821 - The sysstat's programs such as mpstat shows one extra cpu.
609824 - The 'sar -d ' command outputs invalid data
609826 - [5.1] The output of sar -I ALL/XALL is wrong in ia64 machine of RHEL5.
609991 - iostat -n enhancement not report NFS client stats correctly
609994 - [RHEL5] Though function write() executed sucessful, sadc end with an error.


Keywords

iostat, sadc, sar


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