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Rashef 29th January 2013 15:46

Advice for low-end servers
Dear all,

I'm happily using ISPConfig3 with a pool of low-end VMs (2 core XEON and 512 MB RAM). These VMs mainly hosts Wordpress instances and a couple of Drupals. This is why the most applied PHP configuration is FastCGI.

I had many resources issues at the beginning (every 3 days the server was out of memory and killing processes randomly) then I deactivated clamd and amavisd and it got better. Also I tried and configured some options in /etc/httpd/conf.d/fcgid.conf:


# This is the Apache server configuration file for providing FastCGI support
# through mod_fcgid
# Documentation is available at

LoadModule fcgid_module modules/

# Use FastCGI to process .fcg .fcgi & .fpl scripts
AddHandler fcgid-script fcg fcgi fpl

# Sane place to put sockets and shared memory file
FcgidIPCDir /var/run/mod_fcgid
FcgidProcessTableFile /var/run/mod_fcgid/fcgid_shm
FcgidMaxRequestLen 1073741824
DefaultMinClassProcessCount 0

# Maximum requests a process handles before it is terminated
MaxRequestsPerProcess      1000
# Maximum number of PHP processes
MaxProcessCount            5

IPCCommTimeout              600
IdleTimeout                600

#ServerLimit          500
#StartServers            3
#MinSpareThreads        3
#MaxSpareThreads        10
#ThreadsPerChild        10
#MaxClients            300
#MaxRequestsPerChild  1000

But every 2-3 weeks I still have to restart httpd on one VM with 2 Wordpress instances (about 200 unique visitors per day the first one, 10 unique visitors per day the second) as the most visited Wordpress sometimes becomes unreachable (timeout).

I got only this error:

PHP Deprecated:  Function eregi() is deprecated in /usr/share/phpmyadmin/libraries/select_lang.lib.php on line 147
and this warning:

mod_fcgid: can't apply process slot for /var/www/php-fcgi-scripts/web23/.php-fcgi-starter
Is there anything else I can do to improve the configuration? Well, maybe I didn't improve it at all with my configuration, but I'd really appreciate some advice.

falko 30th January 2013 13:59

You might want to try

KeepAliveTomeout 2

Also, you might be better off with PHP-FPM (with pm = ondemand) instead of FastCGI.

manarak 30th January 2013 14:56

regarding the eregi error, you should upgrade your wordpress to the latest version.
Alternatively you could replace eregi with the new preg_match syntax

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