Hmmm... ok 7.2.4 is quite old now and log_duration doesn't exist in the logging. You will see an immediate performance benefit just by moving to 7.4.x, but I'll bet that's not a reasonable path for you.

in postgresql.conf you can change the logging to:


syslog=2      ; to log to syslog

Then in syslogd.conf

add local0.none to the /var/log/messages line to stop logging to messages
redirect local0.* to /var/log/postgres ; this step isn't really necesssary but will keep postgres logs separate

HUP syslogd

restart postgres

Then you should be able to see which statements are taking the longest.

Why do random hits to your web server cause postgres activity? Is your site dynamically created from the database ?


Ben Bostow wrote:

I am running postgresql 7.2.4-5.73, Dual P4, 1GB Ram. The big problem is that I redirect all internal port 80 traffic to my web server so I see all traffic whether it is a virus or not and intended for my server or not. I originally had a problem with running out of memory but I found a bug in my software that kept the DB connection open so the next time a new connection was made on top of that. As soon as I removed that I started getting the processor problem. I am working on patching my kernel to have the string matching and other new iptables features to limit the virus traffic but I would like to figure the Processor problem out as I am working on moving everything to the 2.6 kernel when RedHat finalizes their release.

I am not familular with many of the logging features of postgres just the outputing the output to a file instead of /dev/null.


On Jan 6, 2005, at 5:06 PM, Dave Cramer wrote:


Well, we need more information

pg version, hardware, memory, etc

you may want to turn on log_duration to see exactly which statement is causeing the problem. I'm assuming since it is taking a lot of CPU it will take some time to complete( this may not be true)

On your last point, that is where you will get the most optimization, but I'd still use log_duration to make sure optimizing the statement will actually help.


Ben Bostow wrote:

I'm still relatively new to Postgres. I usually just do SQL programming but have found my self having to administer the DB now. I have I have a problem on my website that when there is high amounts of traffic coming from one computer to my web server. I suspect it is because of a virus. But what when I notice this, my processor drops to 0.0% idle with postmaster being my highest CPU user. Under normal circumstances the processor runs >90% idle or <10% used. I have tried tuning postgres but it doesn't seem to make a difference, unless I am doing something wrong. If I would like to find a solution other than rewriting all of my SQL statements and creating them to take the least amount of time to process.

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