Apache Allocating Too Much Memory - And Crashing

May 17, 2008

I've got a complicated problem and I can't figure out what I need to edit to fix this.

I've been messing with the httpd.conf and php.ini files trying to optimize them as best I can. I've managed to get the load to stay pretty low all day, and everything seemed to be working fine. But then apache crashes.

(See screenshot for details)

httpd starts out with 70-150 VIRT memory, and it constantly goes up all day, and I've yet to see it go down. And, eventually it just crashes Apache! In the screenshot it's 502m, but I've seen that get as high as 800! And sometimes I even see a number like this "80376" no "m" or anything, just "80376"; I've no idea what that's about.

So what do I need to edit or tweak to fix this?

I'm on a cPanel linux server, Apache 2.2.8 and PHP 5.2.6.

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How can I find out exactly what is consuming the memory and causing the server to crash? I have looked at drupal logs and the server logs, but I'm no wiser as to whats causing it. What should I be looking for and what can I do to try and solve this?

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Update date: 2015/05/08 03:13
Build date: 2015/01/26 15:00
Build target: CentOS 7
Revision: 334346
Architecture: 64-bit
Wrapper version: 1.2

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So here am I, asking you experts for whatever assistance you feel willing to render. Even if you only merely read it, I thank you for at the very least taking the time to read it. Thanks in advance for any and all assistance given. That being said, here's the information the "How To: Request help from the experts" sticky recommended giving. I also took the liberty of including httpd.conf and my.cnf. I apologize if that resulted in being too much information, and humbly ask a moderator to "white out", or so to speak, (or at least point out) the information that shouldn't be shown.

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PHP 5.2.5 (cli) (built: Jan 19 2008 10:08:24)
Copyright (c) 1997-2007 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2007 Zend Technologies
with the ionCube PHP Loader v3.1.32, Copyright (c) 2002-2007, by ionCube Ltd., and
with Xdebug v2.0.2-dev, Copyright (c) 2002-2007, by Derick Rethans
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Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or g.
Your MySQL connection id is 1134
Server version: 5.0.54 Source distribution

Type 'help;' or 'h' for help. Type 'c' to clear the buffer.

| 5.0.54 |
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Server Version: Apache/1.3.37 (Unix) mod_gzip/ mod_auth_passthrough/1.8 mod_log_bytes/1.2 mod_bwlimited/1.4 PHP/4.4.7 FrontPage/ mod_ssl/2.8.28 OpenSSL/0.9.7a
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Restart Time: Monday, 24-Sep-2007 12:19:45 CEST
Parent Server Generation: 27
Server uptime: 7 hours 35 minutes 5 seconds
Total accesses: 691782 - Total Traffic: 2.7 GB
CPU Usage: u199.12 s35.93 cu.09 cs.71 - .864% CPU load
25.3 requests/sec - 102.3 kB/second - 4135 B/request
30 requests currently being processed, 31 idle servers


total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 4054 3227 826 0 44 456
-/+ buffers/cache: 2727 1326
Swap: 1992 125 1867


netstat -an|awk '/tcp/ {print $6}'|sort|uniq -c


Timeout 45
KeepAlive On
MaxKeepAliveRequests 300
KeepAliveTimeout 2
MinSpareServers 10
MaxSpareServers 20
StartServers 10
MaxClients 300
MaxRequestsPerChild 1000

nobody 24280 0.2 4.3 418304 179380 ? S 17:01 0:24 /usr/local/apache
mysql 4071 4.9 6.1 290892 255556 ? S<l Jul23 4523:49 /usr/sbin/mysqld
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MaxKeepAliveRequests 200
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MinSpareServers 10
MaxSpareServers 15
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Mem: 4054 3171 882 0 22 259
-/+ buffers/cache: 2890 1163
Swap: 1992 330 1662

I got atm 220 users online and when i restart apache even if i have 500 concurrent users online usage of memory is only 800mb, and as u see now its 3gb and only half of users are online so its not really peak time.
Apache processes are still hanging from 4 hours ago and they are not cut, as you can see every process takes around 4% of memory:

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nobody 23479 0.1 2.3 283652 96900 ? S 19:31 0:16 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -DSSL

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HTML Code:
29890 nobody 0


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