[dpdk-users] How to use --virtaddr for multi-process client app.

Ming Fu Ming.Fu at esentire.com
Mon Aug 28 20:53:03 CEST 2017

This really helps, the --base-virtaddr should applied to the mp_server application.


-----Original Message-----
From: Sergio Gonzalez Monroy [mailto:sergio.gonzalez.monroy at intel.com] 
Sent: August-28-17 4:13 AM
To: Ming Fu <Ming.Fu at esentire.com>; users at dpdk.org
Subject: Re: [dpdk-users] How to use --virtaddr for multi-process client app.

Hi Ming,

If you have ASLR enabled, every time you run an application the dynamic linker (ie. ld-linux) uses different addresses for the process mappings.
Basically the problem here is that the primary DPDK process creates a mapping for shared huge pages and the secondary process tries to map those shared huge pages in the same VMA as the primary process.
If there is already a mapping in the requested VMA, it fails with the error you are getting.
The --base-virtaddr option is only useful if you *disable* ASLR so the mappings are deterministic. Thus, you could find which VMA is free in both processes.

Another "option" is to just keep executing the client application until it works. As you can imagine, it is not a very reliable solution but avoids disabling ASLR.


On 23/08/2017 19:35, Ming Fu wrote:
> This is my first try on dpdk. I attached a snort process as an multi-process client similar to the client in the client-server example. The snort receives mbuf from the server process through a dpdk ring. A skeleton client worked, but once linked to snort, it failed in rte_eal_init().
> EAL: Detected 48 lcore(s)
> EAL: RTE Version: 'DPDK 17.08.0'
> PANIC in rte_eal_config_reattach():
> Cannot mmap memory for rte_config at [0x7ffff7faf000], got 
> [0x7fffdea94000] - please use '--base-virtaddr' option
> Strace show that the mmap() returns a different address than requested. What address should I set the -base-virtaddr to? Is there a way to avoid this kind of problem in general?
> Thanks,
> Ming

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