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Hello there. I run IPB 3.3.4 and have always had a server load at about 1.02 or something. I'm looking now and it's now 4.08. That's quite a jump! Nothing has changed except since my license has expired and I haven't renewed it, the spam monitoring service isn't running anymore. Under my resource usage stats, my CPU usage % seems higher than it used to be as well. But I haven't gotten any notices from my host that I'm being a resource hog though. Is 4.08 high? What could be the cause of the jump? 

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It depends on your hardware, mostly how many CPU cores your system has (if you have a single 4 core processor you would probably be running over capacity right now). Such a large jump is definitely worth looking into either way.

Can you open up htop (or top if you must) and see which processes are taking up the most CPU, and by how much? Do you see Apache or MySQL consuming a lot of resources for example?

You're not running out of memory and swapping are you? Make sure you still have plenty of free memory available on your system.

If no processes seem to be using an excessive amount of CPU time and you have plenty of free memory available, there's probably something else that's driving your load average up, such as a disk on your hard rive being starved of I/O requests (which you can check on using iotop), though this is less likely.

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well I use shared hosting so I'm not sure I can get all of that information. I'll give you what I can.

 

Apache version2.2.24
PHP version5.3.27
MySQL version5.5.30-cll
Architecturei686
Operating systemlinux

 

thedraft is where my forum is located. 

 

Server resource utilization statistics

Stats for 16 Nov 2014:

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CPU Usage - %3.05

MEM Usage - %0.76

Number of MySQL procs (average) - 0.09

Top Process    %CPU 72.00    

Top Process    %CPU 70.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 69.00    [php]

 

Stats for 15 Nov 2014:

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CPU Usage - %6.44

MEM Usage - %0.79

Number of MySQL procs (average) - 0.10

Top Process    %CPU 92.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 75.00    /usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/thedraft/index.php

Top Process    %CPU 72.00    [php]

 

Stats for 14 Nov 2014:

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CPU Usage - %5.37

MEM Usage - %0.76

Number of MySQL procs (average) - 0.13

Top Process    %CPU 79.50    /usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/thedraft/index.php

Top Process    %CPU 77.00    /usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/thedraft/index.php

Top Process    %CPU 72.00    [php]

 

Stats for 13 Nov 2014:

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CPU Usage - %4.48

MEM Usage - %0.56

Number of MySQL procs (average) - 0.12

Top Process    %CPU 84.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 70.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 69.00    [php]

 

Stats for 12 Nov 2014:

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CPU Usage - %4.12

MEM Usage - %0.54

Number of MySQL procs (average) - 0.08

Top Process    %CPU 72.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 68.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 67.00    [php]

 

Stats for 11 Nov 2014:

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CPU Usage - %3.10

MEM Usage - %0.47

Number of MySQL procs (average) - 0.09

Top Process    %CPU 80.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 72.00    [php]

Top Process    %CPU 70.00    [php]

 

Stats for 10 Nov 2014:

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CPU Usage - %6.01

MEM Usage - %0.51

Number of MySQL procs (average) - 0.10

Top Process    %CPU 91.00    /usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/thedraft/index.php

Top Process    %CPU 82.00    /usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/thedraft/index.php

Top Process    %CPU 71.00    [php]

 

 

a few years ago, I got dinged for high usage and these are the numbers they quoted me. 

Hello,

Your scripts from /home/rpghost0/public_html/lunareclipse/ was causing extremely high processing on WOLFGANG:

CPU% 37.25
MEM% 4.96
SQL% 1.9

rpghost0		37.25	4.96	1.9
Top Process	%CPU 128	/usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/lunareclipse/index.php
Top Process	%CPU 126	/usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/lunareclipse/index.php
Top Process	%CPU 115	/usr/bin/php /home/rpghost0/public_html/lunareclipse/index.php 

 

rpg-host.org

 

I'm not sure what the magic number is for being 'high' before it hit 37.25%. Don't know if that helps anything. But thought I'd include it.

 

I can't seem to find their hardware configuration though. 

 

 

and are you sure? the server load I've quoted is from my ACP at the top?

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Ah, I generally don't expect people posting here to be on shared hosting. Rhett's completely right then. The load average on shared hosting isn't specific to your site, it's the load average for the entire server (which is potentially hosting hundreds of other clients). If it was ever you causing the problems, your host would likely send you a notice about it, so it's nothing you really need to worry about.

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