No response to status-server but radtest status ok

Alan DeKok aland at
Fri Oct 9 19:28:29 CEST 2020

On Oct 9, 2020, at 8:41 AM, Arnaud LAURIOU <arnaud.lauriou at> wrote:
> On our eduroam FR proxy, we had a home_server in a dead state for several
> hours. All status-server requests sent seemed to go unanswered.

  That's usually an issue on the other end.  But it's possible that FreeRADIUS got stuck.

> During this period, I checked this home_server status with radtest : got answers !
> I tried to get this host alive by radmin: it fell back to zombie and dead states again.

  Hm... is it using the same source IP as radclient?

> The only solution found to revive this home_server : restart the FR process on our
> proxy and the home_server remain to alive state.
> So, here are my questions :
> - Why the status-server requests sent by FR in dead state did not get answered,
> while those sent by radtest get response ?

  It's not clear.

> - Is there a way to force a revive from a dead state even with unanswered status-server
> requests ?

  You can keep reviving it, but the server will keep marking it dead, if the home server doesn't respond.

  Try upgrading to 3.0.21.  Maybe that helps.

  Alan DeKok.

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