RabbitMQ: Number of connections

asked 2015-01-08 06:57:46 -0500

mathias gravatar image

Hi, I was just looking at my RabbitMQ and noted an number of connections that seemed unusual to me:

root@amqp01:~# rabbitmqctl list_connections
Listing connections ...
openstack     35057   running
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root@amqp01:~# nova api node neutron api node neuton network noe kvm00 kvm01

The number of existing connections as well as the lack of any connection from (Keystone) made me suspicious. I have no working environment I can use to compare, so please give some advice. I am also having other problems with rabbitmq atm and I was thinking this might bring me on the right tack.

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The number of connections is constantly growing over time. Looks like every couple of hours or every hour they double.

mathias gravatar imagemathias ( 2015-01-09 06:42:41 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-01-10 12:40:34 -0500

Actually this looks fairly normal. I have see in our environment upwards of 800+ connections.

To confirm if indeed these connections are growing and not being closed properly you could run the following command to get a count and run it over the course of a few days to see if the number is increasing or just rising and falling back:

rabbitmqctl list_connections|wc -l

Also the lack of Keystone connections can be explained by the fact that keystone only talks to RabbitMQ if you have enabled notifications. Otherwise unlike the other OpenStack components, Keystone does not rely on messages.

There is a known issue with RabbitMQ and OpenStack services with regards to keepalives:


This has caused issues with services especially when connections are severed by networking type timeouts.

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The number of connections constantly grew over the past 6 hours. No decreases, it always goes up.

mathias gravatar imagemathias ( 2015-01-12 11:01:41 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-01-12 04:17:16 -0500

mathias gravatar image

Today, I found rabbitmq with 436 connections - I only run 1x nova api, 2x nova compute, 1x neutron-api, 1x neutron network. I just restarted everything and began collecting the data you requested just a minute ago.

Regarding the bug: The bug only seems to be valid when there is a firewall between rabbitmq and the other services, right? In my case, there is no firewall sitting in between.

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Please guys, OpenStack is quite useless without a working RabbitMQ :( I monitored the number of connections since yesterday night: They more than doubled within a bit more than 12 hours from 60 to 140.

mathias gravatar imagemathias ( 2015-01-14 01:56:57 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-02-19 03:39:56 -0500

Deepa gravatar image

Was this issue resolved ?If yes can you tell us how Rabbitmq message count increase was fixed

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