[Users] apache2 stall in CLOSE_WAIT state

Vitaliy Gusev vgusev at openvz.org
Tue Jun 24 04:38:49 EDT 2008

On 23 June 2008 14:13:04 Yoann Moulin wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a VE in production for a couple of months. HN and VE are running
> Ubuntu Dapper 6.06.2 LTS
> > vz01:~$ uname -a
> > Linux vz01 2.6.18-028stab053 #1 SMP Tue May 27 15:40:07 CEST 2008 x86_64
> > GNU/Linux vz01:~$ vzctl --version
> > vzctl version 3.0.22
> This VE is only used for http(s) services. Everything have worked well
> until this week end where we got apache process stalled on CLOSE_WAIT
> state and no more process are available to deliver pages
> We get this in logs :
> > server reached MaxClients setting, consider raising the MaxClients
> > setting

Any suspicious messages in dmesg? Please show output of the commands (in 
apache's CT):

  cat /proc/net/netstat
  cat /proc/user_beancounters
  netstat --tcp -nop
> If I set MaxClients to a higher value, that is just delaying the moment
> where apache fall in a stalled state.

Maybe these articles can help you:


> I gave a look into user beancounter but no hard limit or barrier limit
> was reached when it occurred.
> since it's a production server I can't "play" too much with. I don't
> know if it's a fully openvz related but I restarted the server on a
> physical blade and the problem has been fixed.
> For now, the server is running on a physical blade, but I can reboot it
> as a VE server to do some test.
> The server is behind a reverse proxy cluster (lighthttp) but nothing has
> been change on those servers for a couple of weeks.
> Note : In our architecture, each physical or virtual server is format
> after each reboot and populated with a clear boot image. After that, we
> are using cfengine to apply the right configuration function of the name
> of the server. I can boot a server on a physical or a virtual server
> with exactly the same configuration even if specific openvz
> configuration (such as not start ntp server for example).
> > ii  apache2                2.0.55-4ubuntu2.3            next generation,
> > scalable, extendable web se ii  apache2-common         2.0.55-4ubuntu2.3 
> >           next generation, scalable, extendable web se ii 
> > apache2-mpm-prefork    2.0.55-4ubuntu2.3            traditional model for
> > Apache2 ii  apache2-utils          2.0.55-4ubuntu2.3            utility
> > programs for webservers ii  libapache2-mod-php5    5.1.2-1ubuntu3.10     
> >       server-side, HTML-embedded scripting languag ii  libc6             
> >     2.3.6-0ubuntu20.5            GNU C Library: Shared libraries and
> > Timezone ii  php5-cgi               5.1.2-1ubuntu3.10           
> > server-side, HTML-embedded scripting languag ii  php5-common           
> > 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.10            Common files for packages built from the php
> > ii  php5-mcrypt            5.1.2-1                      MCrypt module for
> > php5 ii  php5-mysql             5.1.2-1ubuntu3.10            MySQL module
> > for php5 ii  php5-mysqli            5.1.2-1ubuntu3.10            MySQL
> > Improved module for php5
> Thanks for you help.
> Regards,
> Yoann
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Vitaliy Gusev

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