Dumb (Technical) Question

April 6, 2005 | 5 comments
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Is there a program or utility that will tell me what parts of T & S are using server resources? Right now, I’ve got cpanel, and that’s it. So I can watch our resource use spike, and I can turn off plugins. And I can pull the index offline. And see if that helps any. But it would be nice if I could get a more exact picture. (i.e., “server use – 10. Breakdown: 2.0 for index.php, 1.0 for wp-comments-post.php, and 7.0 for blacklist.php” which would tell me “aha, the blacklist is what’s tying up resources”).

Suggestions?

5 Responses to Dumb (Technical) Question

  1. JB on April 6, 2005 at 10:27 am

    Write a script that polls your server CPU(s) every minute or so, and log that info with date/time. Then look at your web server logs to see what the correlation is. Also check your web server error logs.

  2. JB on April 6, 2005 at 10:29 am

    If you’re unsing linux or unix, you can open two windows, run “top” in one, and “tail -f {/path/to/access/log}” in the other. You may be able to see what the problem is in real time.

  3. a random John on April 6, 2005 at 10:46 am

    ps -aux

    that will tell you what processes are running and what resources they are consuming.

    I don’t know any of the evil details of WP, so I can’t be much help there.

  4. Bryce I on April 6, 2005 at 12:57 pm

    Kaimi, you really need to mirror the site offline so you can experiment without affecting the actual site.

  5. Derek on April 6, 2005 at 1:52 pm

    SNMP or RMON or even just a packet sniffer like ethereal running on a router/firewall can help give you an idea of what’s eating up the traffic, if that helps any.

    You might also find MRTG useful: http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/