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I have a Ubuntu 64 webserver with Apache, Mysql, php5, and ssh. 265MB ram, unlimited Swap. (about 1TB) My issue: Today the webserver was down, I tried to ssh to it and it was Extremely slow. I stoped apache, and tried to restart it a few times by first killing stray apache ps as needed until all related to apache was stoped. It failed to start and was very slow. I then shut the server unit down and started it up. When I checked the server box statistics it showed usage in the past hour as:

Swap: 50mb (read) 30MB (write) 11:00am Swap: 146GB (read) 6GB (write) 12:00am The CPU was also high, but not to a allarming extent. My questions are: How do I solve this apache2 issue? (this is the second time it happened, after the first 3months ago I did a New install) And how do I prevent it? What configs can I change to prevent apache from using more than a certain amount of ram?

Thank you

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Do you mean 256GB of RAM? Also, a swap file is on disk, not in memory. – user3463 Aug 25 '12 at 21:29
256 MB not GB, I do know that swap is not ram, I forgot to add that the ram was at 100% which caused the swap overflow – SteveLacy Aug 26 '12 at 2:26
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I think that here (Introducing LAMP Tuning Techniques - O'Reilly Media - you will find some useful tips.

Most of this configurations take place in your apache httpd.conf file for what you might also find useful this: Understanding an httpd.conf File (TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd Edition) -

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I will modify my httpd.conf file to add swap limits where possible – SteveLacy Aug 27 '12 at 5:43

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