Cisco MGX 8230 Software

Field Notice: PXM45 Runs Out of Memory or File Descriptors

June 24, 2002

Products Affected




Loaded with 2.0 or 2.1 Releases


Loaded with 2.0 or 2.1 Releases

Problem Description

Processor Switch Module 45s (PXM45s) may reset or become unreachable. Standby PXM45 may go into reset, the node may reset, or active PXM45s may go into a service module unreachable state.


System memory and/or file handle allocation may get into a marginal or maxed out state due to an ungraceful exit from the dsplog command multiple times. This includes exiting display of the command with any other method other than using the Q keystroke to gracefully stop the dsplog command.

Problem Symptoms

Several symptoms are possible, including:

  • Inability or sporadic ability to connect using telnet.

  • Greyed-out node on the CWM topology map.

  • No output from or receipt of an error message from the dsplog command or file system listing command ls or other commands.

  • Standby PXM45 or AXSM service modules which remain in the Boot or Init state, or alternate between the two after a reload.

  • Inconsistent connection alarms on slave and master. This is manifested as one side reporting alarm, and the suspect side not.



On redundant systems with healthy standby PXM45 present, issue the switchcc command . This clears the memory leaks. On non-redundant systems, reset the single PXM45. This is disruptive, and should be performed during a scheduled maintenance window.


Upgrade software to the release shown in the attached bug in the DDTS section.


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CSCdx69070 (registered customers only)

Memory Allocation Errors - dsplog leaking memory and file descriptor

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