Contributed by Dengue on from the price-of-popularity dept.
Basically, when it gets busy, apache gobbles up all the ram, the box starts to swap, and mysqld can't answer requests fast enough and locks up. I'm going to be working on some apache tuning over the next couple of days, and it may be hit and miss. Please bear with me.
Those of you who are grabbing the RSS summary file, please limit your updates to 1-2 times per day . You won't miss much, I assure you. I'm usually too busy with work these days to update the site more frequently. Some sites are polling for this content every 10 minutes. Given the resource limits of the webserver (ppro 180/64mb RAM), that's just too much.
Thank you for doing your part to help me keep this site up.
If there are any apache tuning gurus out there, drop me a line and we can discuss remedies.
After much scraping, shuffling, and scrounging, I managed to move this turkey to a p200 mmx with 128mb RAM. ApacheBench results show quite an improvement. To think, I only had to tear apart nearly every computer in the house and play "magical hardware" to do it.
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