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Pierre Lamy pierre at
Thu Aug 18 23:42:45 UTC 2011

I just found how to resolve the problem (1 minute ago) as I was also 
having the same issue. If you compile pf into the kernel, state removals 
are NOT performed at all. pftop will show you garbage null entries. 
Flushing current states works for real states, but the malloc is never 
cleared for the garbage entries. Eventually you will run out of memory 
(max state entries too high), or be unable to add any more states. A 
reboot is the only way to clear it.

I recompiled as a module and not in the kernel, it "just works" without 
any special extra steps.


Status: Enabled for 1 days 22:31:20           Debug: Urgent
State Table                          Total             Rate
   current entries                  1948548
   searches                        88746415          529.9/s
   inserts                          1948548           11.6/s
   removals                               0            0.0/s


Status: Enabled for 0 days 00:05:29           Debug: Urgent
State Table                          Total             Rate
   current entries                        0
   searches                             382            1.2/s
   inserts                                2            0.0/s
   removals                               2            0.0/s

Very strange that this should happen, but hopefully this will assist 
whoever manages this code.


On 8/17/2011 9:31 AM, Ermal Luçi wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM, Florian Smeets<flo at>  wrote:
>> On 17.08.2011 14:58, Ermal Luçi wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 2:37 PM, Florian Smeets<flo at>    wrote:
>>>> On 17.08.2011 14:30, Bjoern A. Zeeb wrote:
>>>>> On Aug 17, 2011, at 12:27 PM, Florian Smeets wrote:
>>>>>> On 08.07.2011 19:02, David O'Brien wrote:
>>>>>>> On Fri, Jul 08, 2011 at 02:26:37PM +0200, Ermal Lui wrote:
>>>>>>>> On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM, David O'Brien<obrien at>
>>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>> I have 'pfctl', 'netstat', 'netstat -rn', and 'sysctl -a' output
>>>>>>>>> from
>>>>>>>>> one
>>>>>>>>> of these experiences. �Would they be useful to you in looking into
>>>>>>>>> this?
>>>>>>>> please send those.
>>>>>>>> Also useful would be a description of your setup.
>>>>>>> Ermal,
>>>>>>> Thanks.  I'll send to you off list.
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>> did you guys find out what was wrong? I may have a similar problem. My
>>>>>> server loses connection after some time. I think it is because the
>>>>>> state
>>>>>> table is getting full, but i only have a couple of active states.
>>>>>> The current entries keep increasing, i had ~3600 this morning.
>>>>>> flo at tb:~ # sudo pfctl -vsi|grep "current entries"
>>>>>> No ALTQ support in kernel
>>>>>> ALTQ related functions disabled
>>>>>>   current entries                     4891
>>>>>>   current entries                        0
>>>>>> flo at tb:~ # sudo pfctl -ss| wc -l
>>>>>> No ALTQ support in kernel
>>>>>> ALTQ related functions disabled
>>>>>>       12
>>>>>> Every new connection is added to the current entries but it seems they
>>>>>> are never removed?!
>>>>>> I've set debug to loud, what else should i do to track this down?
>>> There is a thread in freebsd-net@ explaining some culprits with
>>> state table numbers from pfctl -ss  and number from pfctl -vsi.
>> Ok, having another look at pfctl -vsi it looks like it confirms my suspicion
>> that states do not get removed.
>> State Table                          Total             Rate
>>   current entries                     5082
>>   searches                          296083            3.7/s
>>   inserts                             5082            0.1/s
>>   removals                               0            0.0/s
> Well really it depends on the timeframe this statistic was taken!
> I do not want to be a nonbeliver but this was confirmed working by
> other people that reported the same 'issue'.
> Other than that you can do a pfctl -dvvss and pfctl -dvvsi for every
> minute and send them to compare.
> Further more there should be a kernel thread "pfpurge" that is
> running, verify with procstat which does the job of purging your
> states.

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