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Thread: Server load staying high. PLZ help

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    Default Server load staying high. PLZ help

    I am relitivly inexperianced with cpanel/whm and am having a problem. My server load has been so high lately that the mysql database constantly crashes and load time on pages is alot slower.
    I got this e-mail a few days ago.
    "IMPORTANT: Do not ignore this email.
    This is cPanel cpuwatch on **************!
    While processing, the cpu has been
    maxed out for more than a 6 hour period. The current load/uptime line on the server at the time of
    this email is
    07:57:12 up 7:12, 0 users, load average: 7.91, 5.53, 4.28
    You should check the server to see why the load is so high and take
    steps to lower the load. If you want stats to continue to run even with a high load; Edit
    /var/cpanel/cpanel.config and change extracpus to a number larger then 0 (run
    /usr/local/cpanel/startup afterwards to pickup the changes)."
    If anyone could provide me some help I would be very greatful, please respond here or e-mail me at

    Thank You
    Dan Crunk

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    Sep 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio


    Hello Dan,

    What are the highest processes on your server? You can use top to get that info. What kind of server hardware do you have? Are the sites on your server very busy?

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    Try to install the tool called "mytop", it may help you to find issues/overloads problems on MYSQL databases.

    Good luck.

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    WHM will do a screen shot of top when you ask it to look at CPU usage, I find this is more helpful than trying to use top at the command line.

    Find the process with the most usage and then determine the cause.
    - Paul Shepperd
    4 years cpanel exp. 6 years linux exp. 8 years security exp.
    6 years corporate startup/small business exp.
    If I responded, and you want to IM me you can do so, not saying I will for sure have time to help, but my aim is public, thats what its there for. My email is: ME @
    " Life is short, make money, and have a good time, live every day to its fullest."

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    Sorry about the late reply.
    The top 2 are mysql and apache.
    I have got it running at a sadisfactory speed now with help from a friend.

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