WordPress toolkit generates huge load since the last update to 5.4.0-2385.x86_64 and later


Jul 7, 2005
I have been noticing a load increase of approximately 12 (8 core CPU) due to wp-toolkit since 4 days ago, after I received the wp-toolkit-cpanel-5.4.0 update. It seems to affect all Centos/CloudLinux 6 servers. I attached a load graph below. To put this into perspective, the previous peaks are the daily backups. Centos/CloudLinux 7 are on the same version of wp-toolkit, but are free of this problem.

Also, a lot of sw-engine scripts are running:

# ps -edaf | grep sw-engine | wc
32 331 5859

32 in total

while on centos 7

# ps -edaf | grep sw-engine | wc
4 41 489

4 in total

Does anyone else get these? Is there a known problem?


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Jurassic Moderator
Staff member
Oct 19, 2014
cPanel Access Level
Root Administrator
Hey there! I don't have any other reports of high load from that package getting updated on the system, but I'm also a firm believer of "anything is possible."

I did reach out to the WPT team and they recommended trying to kill all the "background-tasks" and "scheduled-tasks" processes, if you see those using a lot of resources. You could also reboot the machine at a convenient time as that would reset all those processes.

If that doesn't change the behavior, you're welcome to submit a ticket and we'll be happy to check that on our side!