Load problems and cpsrvd failed

PlanetHosted

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Hi,

We have been having problems the apache load spikes since around the 26/27th of febuary. Every couple hours the load spikes for no aparent reason to 50-150+. We have been trying to find out whats causing this (still looking for suggestions if anyone has any) but I just noticed a whole bunch of
cpsrvd failed @ Sun Feb 26 14:41:49 2006. A restart was attempted automagicly.
e-mails that started on febuary 26th. Could this have ANYTHING to do with a load issue?

Cheers
Jeff
 

xidica

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It's highly likely, as chksrvd uses the following HTTP check for cpsrvd :

service[cpsrvd]=2082,GET / HTTP/1.0,HTTP/1..

If this doesn't respond in a timely manner, it will consider cpsrvd to be failed when it may not be at all.(simply responding slowly due to load).

I'd recommend checking your apache error logs for any unusual activity first, especially things like large amounts of internal redirects(mass apache process forking will ruin your day), segmentation faults, and so forth. Without more information from you, we're left shooting in the dark.
 

AndyReed

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PlanetHosted said:
We have been having problems the apache load spikes since around the 26/27th of febuary. Every couple hours the load spikes for no aparent reason to 50-150+. We have been trying to find out whats causing this (still looking for suggestions if anyone has any) but I just noticed a whole bunch of e-mails that started on febuary 26th. Could this have ANYTHING to do with a load issue?
With such a high load, yes, your server is in a bad shape.

Possible Causes of High Server Loads
- High server loads could be caused by just one or several resource-intensive application(s).
Examples include very high-traffic Web sites, database-driven Web sites, forums, gaming sites, file download sites and so on.

- A high server load can also be caused by a malicious script or a "runaway script" which can continously loop, dragging down the server's resources.

- Too many websites on the one server - with the cumulative resources resulting in high server load.

- Running out of memory and swapping to the swap file.

- Server backups or server updates are taking place.

- Misconfigured software causing errors.

- Users sending large mailing lists.

- Users trying to bounce spam.

- Users/spammers sending spam email.

- Hardware issues including memory leak, bad hard drive, and network card.

If you have been trying for a long time to sort this out without much success, hire a sys admin.