Plesk 12.x / Linux :: High Memory Usage - Swap So High

Nov 14, 2014

This is my free -m

total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 1998 1903 95 0 45 542
-/+ buffers/cache: 1315 683
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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I have a linux server that is only hosting one site , and although the httpd and mysql are working well , then the server load is high and when I restart the server the server load is high till the swap accelerates to 100% and then it uses the memory alot.

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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
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Mem: 2074640k total, 1980804k used, 93836k free, 66200k buffers
Swap: 4192924k total, 1735588k used, 2457336k free, 365136k cached

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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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#killall -9 httpd
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[root@------ ~]# free -m
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root (hd0,0)
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root (hd0,0)
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In error logs (only unusual things i see):

[Sat Jan 6 10:37:04 2007] [error] mod_gzip: TRANSMIT_ERROR:ISMEM:104
[Sat Jan 6 10:37:25 2007] [error] mod_gzip: TRANSMIT_ERROR:ISMEM:104

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Swap: 6224564k total, 135212k used, 6089352k free, 389768k cached

6365 root 0 -20 0 0 0 D 40 0.0 3:01.33 loop0
4553 root 16 0 3112 1108 760 R 1 0.1 0:00.30 top
327 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0 0.0 6:33.15 kjournald
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3833 nobody 15 0 21664 10m 2780 D 0 0.5 0:00.94 httpd
3838 nobody 15 0 20472 9400 2664 S 0 0.5 0:00.18 httpd
3858 nobody 15 0 18876 7616 2388 S 0 0.4 0:00.82 httpd
3919 nobody 16 0 21492 10m 2432 D 0 0.5 0:00.82 httpd
3931 nobody 15 0 18976 8016 2716 D 0 0.4 0:00.45 httpd
4439 nobody 15 0 18892 7612 2368 S 0 0.4 0:00.16 httpd
4913 root 18 0 2512 292 244 D 0 0.0 0:00.24 sync
1 root 16 0 2484 488 456 S 0 0.0 0:06.16 init
2 root RT 0 0 0 0 S 0 0.0 0:00.11 migration/0
3 root 34 19 0 0 0 S 0 0.0 0:06.66 ksoftirqd/0
4 root RT 0 0 0 0 S 0 0.0 0:00.16 migration/1
5 root 34 19 0 0 0 S 0 0.0 0:00.71 ksoftirqd/1
6 root 5 -10 0 0 0 S 0 0.0 0:14.59 events/0
7 root 5 -10 0 0 0 S 0 0.0 0:42.07 events/1
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