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SSH Tectia 
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    About This Document >>
    Installing SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS >>
    Getting Started with SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS >>
    Configuring the Server >>
    Authentication >>
    File Transfer Using SFTP >>
    Secure File Transfer Using Transparent FTP Security >>
    Tunneling >>
    Troubleshooting SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS >>
        Debugging SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS>>
        Solving Problem Situations>>
            Using the OMVS Shell
            Common MVS Error Messages
            Common SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS Error Messages
            Exceeding Maximum CPU Time
            Auxiliary Storage Shortage
            SSHD2 Cannot Be Started as a Started Task
            File Transfer Server Log Messages with Wrong Timestamps
    Man Pages and Default Configuration Files >>
    Log Messages >>

Auxiliary Storage Shortage

The SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS server program sshd2 may make large demands on Auxiliary Storage.

If the server causes the total allocation of virtual storage in the system to approach the amount of Auxiliary Storage available, the system may enter an Auxiliary Storage Shortage state, which will require operator action to rectify. In this state the system will fail to start new processes.

When a client requests file statistics or file transfer the server may stage the file into memory. Staging a dataset means that the server creates a Hiperspace memory file and copies the whole dataset into it. Each memory file will be the size of the converted dataset, up to 2 GB. A memory file is retained until a file transfer operation on it has ended or the connection is ended. The server may concurrently retain several memory files.

Clients that have a file-listing feature may request file statistics for every file in a directory.

Thus a user on a remote machine may cause an Auxiliary Storage Shortage by executing the sftp command ls in a directory that contains many files or several large files, or get for a very large dataset or file. The user must be authenticated before entering commands.

SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS allows limiting the total amount of virtual storage that is used on one client connection. The limit can be set in the SSH_SFTP_STAGEFS_CACHE_SIZE_LIMIT environment variable.

Users should take precautions against the occurrence of an Auxiliary Storage Shortage situation by

  • having a spare page dataset available
  • being prepared to identify and cancel the process causing the shortage, and
  • issuing the PAGEADD command to make the spare page dataset available to the system.

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