Apache workers unusual peak

pagchen

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Aug 19, 2007
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Hi,
I got many httpd restart this morning due to connections limit and when checking configserver system info looking for any clue I found the apache worker graph showing intance peaking (see joined screenshot).

What would cause a worker peak like such ? I see no specific clue in apache's error_log?

What would you do in my position, just raise my max_client setting (now default to 150)?

Server is quite beefy with 24Gb ram and 4 duo-core Xeon(R) CPU E5606 @ 2.13GHz processors.

Many thanks,

worker-peak.png
 

cPanelJamyn

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Jan 29, 2009
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It's not easy to tell from just the graph. Some potential causes:

- Hung or slow sub-processes,
- DDOS attack,
- poorly optimized site/page,
- overloaded DB server delaying everything else.

What was the site traffic like around that time? Did any virtual hosts have a larger than normal amount of activity?
 

pagchen

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Aug 19, 2007
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Hi Jamyn,
That is the only sign of abnormal activity I found, Mysql connections/load were fine.
Which log could tell me the traffic at that time? Do I need to go through all domlogs for each host?
Is there any guide to help troubleshoot server problems?
Thanks