High Swap

Mar 31, 2009

I've got a dedicated with LW.

I've had it for a while and during that time I've never seen the swap memory go over 20%.

A month or so ago, I had the server upgraded to 8GB of ram to make room for more planned sites.

Since then, the swap memory has gone rampant. It regulary goes to 93% used with less than 20% of the regular ram and really no load on the server.

I've contacted support twice about it and was told don't worry it's normal.

From what I've read in the cpanel forum, no it's not normal and may in fact be caused by bad ram chips and if it hits 100% could freeze the server.

There are no processes or users causing it, so It's something else.

Has anybody had this type of problem that they resolved and could share what they did to resolve it?

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High Server Load / High Swap / Lots Of Httpd

Feb 20, 2008

I have a cPanel server with 4GB RAM

My server hangs time to time, once or twice a day. This is the last status when it happens.

Server Load 75.90 (2 cpus)
Memory Used 92 %
Swap Used 65.78 %

When I was still inside SSH when it happens, the processes I can see inside "top" are a lot of httpd processes.

So I "killall -9 httpd", I had to do it 30~40 times

#killall -9 httpd
#killall -9 httpd
#killall -9 httpd
x 30~40 times until no pid process found & the server load is back to normal.

Before that, I check httpd fullstatus, they look very normal, same goes to what I see inside WHM Apache status & cpu usage status.

At first I thought it was a memory problem after consulting with a server admin, so I replaced all 4GB new ram stick (such a waste)

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This is my free -m

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Swap: 2662 36 2625

Not good ....

I got 5 wordpress and 5 statics website on this server and 100 visitors by 24H00 each day.

Question 1 : Why the memory is so low and the swap so high ?
Question 2 : Why i don't find high usage process in top command ?
Question 3 How can i resolve this problem ?

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Feb 18, 2007

i have a problem with my server it is a Xeon with 2Gb ram, i have a igh swap usage and when it reach the size of 4gb that i have set it go in kernel panic, this is the actual value

top - 14:19:47 up 1 day, 23:07, 1 user, load average: 1.74, 1.93, 1.89
Tasks: 223 total, 5 running, 217 sleeping, 1 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 39.8% us, 6.6% sy, 14.0% ni, 32.3% id, 7.3% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 2074640k total, 1980804k used, 93836k free, 66200k buffers
Swap: 4192924k total, 1735588k used, 2457336k free, 365136k cached

total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 2026 1877 148 0 61 306
-/+ buffers/cache: 1509 516
Swap: 4094 1699 2394

maybe i can work on KeepAlaive setting?

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Jan 20, 2007


total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 1034060 1004864 29196 0 50756 340272
-/+ buffers/cache: 613836 420224
Swap: 1020088 373648 646440

Is there anything I can do to reduce the swap usage?

Running cpanel, Dual Xeon 3.0ghz with 1 gb ram


root@****** [~]# uname -a
Linux ****** 2.6.9-42.0.3.EL.cernsmp #1 SMP Fri Oct 6 12:07:54 CEST 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

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Jun 6, 2008

I was getting high load on one of our test machines -- it was high enough to where I couldn't ssh in. However, I happened to have a shell open at the time with top running. Load was very high and swap was full. -- afterwards, when I check /var/log/messages it looks as if the load affected the time (see below).

1) At first I was guessing that the load somehow affected the clock, but you'd think it would slow it down -- but apparently the pace of time was quicker?

2) perhaps the time was wrong in the first place - then upon reboot, ntp sync'd up properly.

3) time was originally correct but after the high load, it somehow erroneously sped up the ticks

Then again, from googling around someone on another forum was saying that the computer clock chip shouldn't ever be affected.

So my question isn't about what cause the load, but why was there a time descrepancy in /var/log/messages, and was it related to the load?

from top:

top - 17:52:32 up 246 days, 23:34, 1 user, load average: 76.52, 75.68, 68.79
Tasks: 192 total, 62 running, 129 sleeping, 0 stopped, 1 zombie
Cpu(s): 0.0% us, 99.5% sy, 0.0% ni, 0.0% id, 0.0% wa, 0.2% hi, 0.2% si
Mem: 3376168k total, 3281060k used, 95108k free, 256k buffers
Swap: 4192956k total, 4192956k used, 0k free, 95656k cached

from /var/log/messages:

Jun 5 17:34:44 staging kernel: Out of Memory: Killed process 26522 (oracle).
Jun 5 17:41:45 staging sshd(pam_unix)[25223]: session closed for user gin
Jun 5 17:09:50 staging syslogd 1.4.1: restart.

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My server load is up to 20 sometimes, all RAM is used but only a very little SWAP is used (never go above 3M). IOwait is also very high

top - 09:55:33 up 94 days, 3:35, 2 users, load average: 19.09, 9.43, 6.18
Tasks: 327 total, 2 running, 325 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 38.0% us, 2.0% sy, 0.0% ni, 0.0% id, 59.5% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.5% si
Mem: 2056272k total, 2034064k used, 22208k free, 47516k buffers
Swap: 1052248k total, 3572k used, 1048676k free, 800656k cached

I tried swapoff, mkswap and swapon but it is still the same.

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Jul 6, 2007

do i need to upgrade my server if it looks like this?

I have one website running on it.

*sign* I'm not really sure why it's running like this.

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My swap is currently at 100% and my website isnt loading. What does swap mean and is this the reason my site isnt loading?

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Mar 1, 2008

i want to know why the swap in the server didn't work he is always 208k used

see my top status

top - 09:41:51 up 4 days, 12 min, 2 users, load average: 2.05, 3.11, 3.33
Tasks: 185 total, 2 running, 181 sleeping, 2 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 0.7% us, 1.0% sy, 1.6% ni, 92.4% id, 4.3% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 4148808k total, 4008248k used, 140560k free, 117488k buffers
Swap: 2096440k total, 208k used, 2096232k free, 3016032k cached

cat /etc/fstab

LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults,usrquota 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs noexec,nosuid 0 0
LABEL=/home /home ext3 defaults,usrquota 1 2
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
LABEL=/tmp /tmp ext3 defaults 1 2
LABEL=/usr /usr ext3 defaults,usrquota 1 2
LABEL=/var /var ext3 defaults,usrquota 1 2
LABEL=SWAP-sda7 swap swap pri=0,defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb1 /hdd1 ext3 defaults,usrquota 0 0
/tmp /var/tmp ext3 defaults,bind,noauto 0 0
/dev/hdb /media/cdrecorder auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0

My box

WHM 11.15.0 cPanel 11.18.1-R20683
CENTOS Enterprise 4.6 i686 on standard - WHM X v3.1.0

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Feb 20, 2008

Opcode caches have stability problems with some PHP apps:


I've been trying to get XCache working with gallery2, right now apache has to restart every 2-4 hours but it's been worse at times and it'd be nice to know what's going on

I noticed that both XCache and eAccel use a small amount of swap space all the time, it grows slowly and if I'm lucky enough to go without a segfault it will reach maybe 4MB. That's not a lot but it doesn't happen at all without a PHP cache (swap stays locked at 72kb unless RAM runs out and the server thrashes).

Here's the error and my settings:

[Tue Feb 19 06:19:55 2008] [error] PHP Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/cityv4/public_html/gallery/modules/customfield/classes/CustomFieldHelper.class on line 233
[Tue Feb 19 06:19:55 2008] [error] PHP Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/cityv4/public_html/gallery/modules/customfield/classes/CustomFieldHelper.class on line 233
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[Tue Feb 19 06:19:56 2008] [notice] child pid 10638 exit signal Segmentation fault (11)


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Both controllers are set to RAID 1

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Would this ruin my HD? Will I break the RAID and all my files be lost?

How can I achieve this without loosing my files?

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I have purchased several VPS from a provider and found they do not provide swap space with VPS, and even with 256MB ram, I get 'out of memory' trying to compile a perl library... Creation of a swap file by myself doesn't work (operation is not permitted).
Hosting providers runs HyperVM.

So the question. Is it common or is it a misconfiguration? For now I got just 'checking on this for you' and three days of silence from their support.

I'm not opening hosting provider name, but I will if they say "You must pay for more RAM", just because other 5 VPS providers support my VPS servers with swap space.

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Jun 4, 2007

I have talked with the moderators and they have agreed that I can start a new thread to clarify the issue of Xen and swapping as long the discussion remains technical.

For people who are curious, I would first like to explain why this is important. What we have here is someone making a specific technical accusation against Xen, and if it is indeed crucial, it needs to be solved, or otherwise people have to know it before they get into Xen.

Claim Number 1: The original claim is that users can create arbitrarily large swap and this can lead to the equivalent of overselling.

Fact: Arbitrarily large swap has absolutely zero effect on a normal system, since Linux treats swap as an auxiliary storage, and will not use it unnecessarily. Linux will always use the RAM to the full, but swap is used only when all the buffers have been cleared. If you run free on a dedicated hardware, you will see that swap usage is most of the times zero, even though you have assigned a very large swap to the system. In fact, you can try this by simply increasing the swap to very huge value, you will see that Linux will ignore it completely.

For large swap to cause a problem, the user not only has to assign a large swap, he has to run a really huge workload on his limited RAM, and this being physically impossible, will cripple his vps long before it has any serious impact on the host.

I think the above has been agreed to by the person who made the initial claim.

Claim Number 2 Merely having a swap can lead to vps getting slowed down.

Fact ; The use of swap does not mean thrashing .

Thrashing is a technical term, and it means that the application is registering a swap hit every few instructions. This is rare in normal systems, because of a property of programs that execution is always localized. That is, at any particular time, a certain portion of the program will be continuously being executed, and other portions would be idle. Linux has algorithms that will swap out the Least Recently Used page, and this will mean that the system will not run into too many swap hits.

Now again, like in the earlier case, there will be trouble if the vps customer is trying to run a 1GB workload in a 64MB RAM. This will actually cripple his vps, which is what's the right thing to happen. So normal usage of Swap will not lead to disk I/O, since Linux has explicit algorithms to reduce swap usage.

So for minor OverUsage of memory:

For virtuozzo: the application will crash

For Xen: there will be a very minor degradation of quality. And sometimes it won't have any affect at all, since as I said, just because swap drive is non-empty doesn't mean that linux is constantly swapping out.

So summarizing:

a) Inordinately large swap has zero effect on Linux

b) Non-empty swap doesn't mean that the system is registering swap hits. For normal workloads, the swap hits will be very minimal.

And an extra advice is that if you are using Xen, don't ever use snapshoting, as it will double the disk I/O, and the worst thing is that the vps that's causing this will not even be penalized. The overhead will be completely borne by the system.

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Which would be the better option?

Also, in Virtuozzo, will SLM allocation be significantly more beneficial than UBC for a small VPS?

Another question ... DirectAdmin officially claims to be able to run on a minimum of 64MB RAM. How would it perform on a 128 MB VPS ?
I'm not really looking to do much, only to host a few (5-6) small sites along with some other non-webhosting applications (which is the reason for getting a VPS instead of a reseller).

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The problem is that I keep getting paged in the middle of the night for situations where we're using 2-20% swap yet there are still several gigs of RAM free.

On some level, this makes sense -- if nothing is using a big chunk of RAM, we might as well move it out to disk. On the other hand, when there's still several gigs of RAM free, I don't see any point in bothering, especially when it causes me to get paged at 2am.

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top - 20:50:53 up 2 days, 7:05, 2 users, load average: 69.58, 41.63, 24.91
Tasks: 397 total, 57 running, 334 sleeping, 1 stopped, 5 zombie
Cpu(s): 1.9% us, 96.5% sy, 0.1% ni, 0.0% id, 0.0% wa, 0.5% hi, 1.0% si
Mem: 2076300k total, 2027140k used, 49160k free, 1116k buffers
Swap: 5245212k total, 5245212k used, 0k free, 13108k cached

Over my KVM, it just hang. When I try to type something, it shows this on the KVM screen:

[17379796.260000] HighMem 59*4kB 3*8kB 0*16kB 0*32kB 0*64kB 1*128kB 1*256kB 0*512kB 0*1024kB 0*2048kB 0*4096kB = 664kB
[17379796.260000] Swap cache: add 6615861, delete 6615849, find 2695269/27558673, race 0+86
[17379796.260000] Free swap = 0kB
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