vserver and failcnts in the beancounters, what to tune?

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by Ovidiu, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    I moved a friend of mine off my root server onto another vserver as he was eating too many resources.

    The vserver is using a minimal Debian 5.0 32bit image from server4you which I have upgraded to 6.0

    He is on the smallest vserver available from server4you and CPU and RAM consumption is negligible. Traffic is minimal but it seems that his periodical newsletter is making him hit some limits. And I need to add, I haven't even started sending the newsletter, currently still configuring and tweaking, sending some test emails, etc.

    currently it looks like this:

    grep -v ' 0$' /proc/user_beancounters
    Version: 2.5
           uid  resource                     held              maxheld              barrier                limit              failcnt
                lockedpages                     0                  336                  344                  344                  560
                tcpsndbuf                  160984              2446744              2449232              3598712                  142
                othersockbuf               244440               748296               744366              1481926                  392
                numothersock                  140                  288                  288                  288                23398
    there isn't much running on the machine, I tried to keep it lightweight:

    Resource usage is minimal:

    there are hardly any visitors to the website and its running on nginx so I think that is not the problem. Same goes for mysql.

    I tried lowering postfix, dovecot and saslauthd to minimal processes/threads as far down as I could but I am not sure I am succeeding...

    Is there any way to figure out, what makes me hit the limits I see in the beancounters?
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    You can try munin to find out what's causing the problem.
  3. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    Ok, I set up munin trying to check everything I could, here is hte stats page: http://zice.ro/munin/startvps.com/euve24187.startvps.com/index.html

    - anything missing?

    still, not sure how to use this output, since my failcounts have gone up since last time:

    root@euve24187:/etc/munin/plugins# grep -v ' 0$' /proc/user_beancounters
    Version: 2.5
           uid  resource                     held              maxheld              barrier                limit              failcnt
                lockedpages                     0                  336                  344                  344                  560
                tcpsndbuf                  225048              2446744              2449232              3598712                  265
                tcprcvbuf                  163840              2457512              2449232              3598712                    5
                othersockbuf               260736               748296               744366              1481926                  392
                numothersock                  150                  288                  288                  288                23398
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Can you install munin also on the host system? I think that maybe your problem has to do with long I/O wait times of the hard drive.
  5. Ovidiu

    Ovidiu Active Member

    Unfortunately not.
    ts a rented vserver from server4you.
    I wasn't aware of these limits when choosing this solution. I tried to remain within the RAM and CPU bounds and that works but I do have these failcounts.

    I just need to know more or less what causes these so I can configure the server to avoid them :-(

    for now its kind of not changing...

    as I said earlier, I reduced a lot! I think the disk I/O usually happens when sending the huge newsletter... so I limited postfix for now... will soon send out the first one and see what happens...

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