Advice for finding a leaky Apache (probably PHP) process

Adam Vande More amvandemore at
Sun Apr 25 03:54:42 UTC 2010

On Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 8:02 PM, Joe Auty <joe at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm wondering if you guys have any general tips on how to find the
> Apache process/app that is gobbling up my RAM randomly until my machine
> crashes and I'm forced to reboot? I'm tired of staring at top and
> working with flimsy hacks such as 10 minute Apache restart cronjobs.
> This seems to start (or worsen) after updating to PHP 5.3, but this is
> not happening on my test machine where PHP 5.3 is also installed and the
> same apps are used (although not publicly).
> General tips and suggestions are welcome here!
> THanks in advance...

Have you tried working with php's mem limit abilities?  The base system
provides procstat for tracking invidual process info.  You could try
something like appending ps aux > file every minute or so to track growth
etc.  Can you provide more info about the php app?

Adam Vande More

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