MySql overload using all memory on the droplet

Posted July 2, 2013 12.2k views
Hi, Im migrated a buddypress site to a droplet with 512mb . and im having some issues. The first instalation was fine but when i did the dump / export tables from wordpress, the mysql started to crash. Then i created the swap and it stopped to crash BUT still couldnt use the server. Then i did the changes on my.cnf and apache.conf ( and i can use it for 1 minute than it overload again but didnt crash This is my free -m total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 491 482 8 0 1 17 -/+ buffers/cache: 464 26 Swap: 511 506 5 The database only have 8mb... its not possible to be eating all the free memory...

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The best solution would be upgrading your droplet as it seems like 512MB is not enough for your application stack.

You can try to disable mysql's InnoDB engine as it takes up a lot of RAM:
You sir is a life saver..

I tried the skip-innodb but with no use.. the service wasnt working.. didnt knew that innodb was such a memory hungry
MySQL is probably crashing due to running out of memory. Is everything working fine now?
It was but wp_users and some aspect of my buddypress use innodb.. so i turned it on again but with a few changes.. (>..

I did some test.. always checking free -m to see the memory use... on the first 10minutes.. all fine.. only using 128mb and no swap (i enter the site.. did some stuff there.. the memory usage got a little bit high but released after) but ... pass the 10 minutes up.. it consume everthing again... what could be happening?
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 491 485 6 0 0 10
-/+ buffers/cache: 474 16
Swap: 511 509 2

Does my site have all that traffic and i dont know..? pass another 5 minutes and everthing get back to normal...

total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 491 308 183 0 4 42
-/+ buffers/cache: 261 230
Swap: 511 92 419
Seems its not configuration... seems like bad programing.. im checking it...
I don't recommend running a whole LAMP stack with InnoDB enabled on a 512MB droplet as it won't have enough resources and will run out of memory and cause processes to crash.

You should upgrade to at least a 1GB droplet.
I upgrade..
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 995 871 123 0 0 14
-/+ buffers/cache: 856 138
Swap: 1023 584 439

Im afraid it will consume all again..

... can i have more than 1 swap file?
There's actually 856MB used, the rest are cached. The memory usage looks fine - you shouldn't experience any more crashes.
installed memcache and xcache.. oh boy.. huge difference !


What you can also do is to use the MySQLTuner script.

The MySQLTuner is a script written in Perl and allows you to quickly test your MySQL configuration and it gives you suggestions for adjustments to increase performance and stability.

According to the official GitHub page, it supports 300 indicators for MySQL/MariaDB/Percona Server in this last version.

To run the script you could do the following:

  • SSH to your Droplet
  • Download the script:
wget -O
  • Then execute it:

The script would run multiple checks against your MySQL instance, all checks done by MySQLTuner are documented here.

Also as stated in the official documentation, it is still extremely important for you to fully understand each change you make to a MySQL database server. If you don’t understand portions of the script’s output, or if you don’t understand the recommendations, you should consult a knowledgeable DBA or system administrator that you trust.

As a good practice make sure to always test your changes on staging environments before implementing them on your production database.

On the same note, if you want to have a worry-free MySQL hosting and focus on your application, I would recommend trying out the DigitalOcean Managed Databases:

This was mini tutorial was posted from bobbyiliev in this question in our community:

Hope that this helps!

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