I'm a web geek....well....sorta.

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Member Since: Dec 04, 2007

Well, my job with doing the computer imaging at Erb's is done, and with good timing too. The stuff I've been doing on the side for www.webgeeksforhire.com is finally ramping up. So, basically it's looking like I'll be given a fairly broad range of tasks. HTML/CSS stuff, possibly some PHP thrown in here and there, and also assisting with some of the network admin stuff along with researching issues and such. (which is what I spent the better part of my evening doing)

They've also increased my base pay somewhat with the potential to make more/hr depending on the project. I've got my login and root access to the server, so I've been looking at logs and googling around to try and figure out some leads on the current issue to send back to our main network admin.


Basically I'm suspicious that the server is being hosted via VPS, and there's a memory allotment issue that's causing some http 500 (internal server errors) due to memory resources being used up to the point where child processes can't be created. That's my suspicion so far at least.

Could also be something to do with PHP fcgi needing to be configured a little more optimally, not positive on that one though, since I'm not that familiar with fcgi (yet)


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Since: Nov 11, 2007

Jun 25, 2010 01:44 pm

...have you tried rebooting? Is caps lock on? Is it plugged in? Have you reset the database to the mainframe? Did you package the GUI in an archived Apache database? Did you integrate the inf's as line items in winnt.sif? Did you delete your cookies, or did you eat them all?

Nah just kidding I have no idea, I just like nonsense technobabble. One of these days I'm going to write a song that's all in irrelevant tech jargon. Like maybe a metaphorical story written in technical terms that doesn't makes sense in any technical context but to the outsider might sound like an analogy to a relationship or something. Ha, yeah I'm totally going to do that.

Since: Dec 04, 2007

Jun 25, 2010 08:07 pm

LOL! I think a song like that would rawk.

Anyway, server is stable again. Looks like the host increased the upper limit in one of the files. And memory usage is less than half of what it was yesterday, so things are looking good so far.

Now I'm deleting duplicate videos on a website which are added/updated via a feed to youtube. The webmaster made a change to stop it from creating new nodes on updating, but as I was deleting stuff, I noticed it was still updating, so I disallowed updating existing items. Hopefully that will do the trick, but I'm still monitoring things as I do the house...er...webcleaning. :)

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jun 26, 2010 07:54 am

Man, memory limits can be throttled in so many areas...php configs, server configs, by domain or account...I would suspect from what you say, it could be throttled by memory or CPU usage...

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jun 26, 2010 11:39 am

Looks like the host increased the upper limit in one of the files. And memory usage is less than half of what it was yesterday, so things are looking good so far.

I'd say those two aren't related. Max mem usage is one thing, but if your actual mem usage went down, then something was filling it up, and maybe housecleaning (server processes) is being done correctly, or often enough.

I guess your involvement depends on if you can control the server env, like DB mentioned. If you're only playing with your part, then PHP config, server config, etc. may only be in the hands of the server admin.

Course, I'm just thinking out loud here . . .

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