reducing size of apache instances

Linda Messerschmidt linda.messerschmidt at
Fri Sep 11 22:15:16 UTC 2009

On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 4:20 PM, John Almberg <jalmberg at> wrote:
> I would have thought, but some times it really gets slow and I'm trying to
> figure out why. When bogged down, the load averages are low. The main thing
> that looks out of whack is swap space, which seems to never go below 7%, but
> sometimes gets up into the 20%-30% range. When it gets that high, the server
> slows to a crawl.

In this case you don't want to look at processes with big RES, you
want to find processes with a big difference between RES and SIZE
and/or the ones with flat-out largest SIZE.  Try sorting top by SIZE
and see what bubbles up.  (Ignore rpc.statd if it's running.)

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