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Server load and memory problems

Discussion in 'Workarounds and Optimization' started by TitanJeff, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Member

    Jul 14, 2011
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    I don't know much about servers so am struggling to figure out a problem I have with it running sluggishly.

    My server load, which is normally very low, is going up to 5.0 then back down to 2.5 on 4 CPUs. Memory hovers around 90-95% then goes down to 75%. Swap moves between 65% and 85%. It's different every time I check.

    This will go on for hours.

    I eventually get this email:

    IMPORTANT: Do not ignore this email.
    **** This is cPanel stats runner on!
    **** While processing the log files for user xxx, 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
    **** 12:05:00 up 2 days, ****3:14, ****0 users, ****load average: 4.80, 3.25, 2.98
    **** 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).

    Just to try and pin down a cause, I didn't do a graceful reboot and continued to monitor. 30 minutes after getting this email, I hit a 9.5 server load (4 CPUs) with 88% memory and 68 swap. Later, it dropped down to 3.5 with 91% memory used.

    Is there any way to diagnose the culprit of this? My host says it's time to upgrade though everything was running perfectly well up to a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for any help.

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