Solaris: Fault Management Service toggles online, offline


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Solaris: Fault Management Service toggles online, offline

I have two Solaris 10 T2000 systems.

Platform sun8 has newer firmware than sun7.
Code:
sun8/user$ prtdiag -v | grep OBP
OBP 4.30.4.b 2010/07/09 13:48

sun7/user$ prtdiag -v | grep OBP
OBP 4.30.4.a 2010/01/06 14:56

The platform (sun8) with the newer firmware (OBP 4.30.4.b) has a Fault Management service which toggles online/offline repetitively.
Code:
sun8/user$ svcs fmd
STATE          STIME    FMRI
online         14:40:52 svc:/system/fmd:default

sun8/user$ svcs fmd
STATE          STIME    FMRI
offline*       14:40:55 svc:/system/fmd:default

sun8/user$ svcs fmd
STATE          STIME    FMRI
online         14:41:01 svc:/system/fmd:default

sun8/user$ svcs fmd
STATE          STIME    FMRI
offline*       14:41:04 svc:/system/fmd:default

The services which "fmd" are dependent upon are online.
Code:
sun8/user$ svcs -d fmd 
STATE          STIME    FMRI
online         Feb_02   svc:/system/filesystem/minimal:default
online         Feb_02   svc:/system/sysevent:default
online         Feb_02   svc:/network/rpc/bind:default
online         Feb_02   svc:/system/dumpadm:default

The error log is not useful.
Code:
sun8/user$ svcs -xv fmd
svc:/system/fmd:default (Solaris Fault Manager)
 State: offline since Thu Feb 03 14:45:27 2011
Reason: Start method is running.
   See: http://sun.com/msg/SMF-8000-C4
   See: man -M /usr/share/man -s 1M fmd
   See: /var/svc/log/system-fmd:default.log
Impact: This service is not running.

sun8/user$ tail /var/svc/log/system-fmd:default.log
[ Feb  3 14:45:09 Executing start method ("/usr/lib/fm/fmd/fmd") ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:15 Method "start" exited with status 0 ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:18 Stopping because all processes in service exited. ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:18 Executing stop method (:kill) ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:18 Executing start method ("/usr/lib/fm/fmd/fmd") ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:24 Method "start" exited with status 0 ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:27 Stopping because all processes in service exited. ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:27 Executing stop method (:kill) ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:27 Executing start method ("/usr/lib/fm/fmd/fmd") ]
[ Feb  3 14:45:33 Method "start" exited with status 0 ]

Steps already taken:
  • upgraded firmware (the box had the same problem with the older firmware)
  • disabled and enabled the service
  • rebooted the box
Google has a lot of people reporting this problem, even the identical problem on OpenSolaris site which indicated it could not be replicated.

What should be looked at, next, to narrow the issue?
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What is the contents, if any, of
Code:
/etc/fm/fmd

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Data

The contents of "/etc/fm/fmd" - nothing, consistently, even though "fmd" is constantly restarting.

Code:
sun8/user$ svcs fmd
STATE          STIME    FMRI
online         19:53:51 svc:/system/fmd:default

sun8/user$ svcs fmd
STATE          STIME    FMRI
offline*       19:53:54 svc:/system/fmd:default

sun8/user$ ls -al /etc/fm/fmd
total 4
drwxr-xr-x   2 root     sys          512 Apr 13  2006 .
drwxr-xr-x   3 root     sys          512 Apr 13  2006 ..

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