Hello, we installed a new Postgres 7.4.0 on a Suse 9 system, which is running into troubles with the system load. As it seems to be more a php connection sharing problem than postgres ( as we discussed on the pg-general list ), i do a updated crosspost here.
The database/ldap server is used as a part of an extranet , based on Apache+PHP and has besides a ldap server no services running. The system has dual xeon 2ghz and 2GB RAM. While migrating all applications from 2 other postgres7.2 servers to the new one, we became heavy load problems. At the beginning there where problems with to much allocated shared memory, as the system was swapping 5-10 mb / sec . So we now reconfigured the shared_buffers to 2048, which means 16mb overall , seems to be somehow low, but I can test it with higher values again next time. We corrected higher values from sort_mem and vacuum_mem back to sort_mem=512 and vacuum_mem=8192 , too, to reduce memory usage, although we have kernel.shmall = 1342177280 and kernel.shmmax = 1342177280 . Currenty i have limited the max_connections to 800, because every larger value results in a system load to 60+ and at least 20.000 context switches. So much about the postgres background , now talk about connection pooling: My problem is, that our apache produces much more than 800 open connections, because we are using > 15 diff. databases and apache seems to keep connections to every database open , the same httpd-process has connected before. Currently , at low-traffic time, i have 44 httpds running and 293 postmasters, which are nearly _all_ idle , a "ps ax" gives me at maximum 2 or 3 Selects, all others are waiting. For now i solved it in a very dirty way, i limited the number and the lifetime of each httpd process with those values : MaxKeepAliveRequests 10 KeepAliveTimeout 2 MaxClients 100 MaxRequestsPerChild 300 We use php 4.3.4 and PHP 4.2.3 on the webservers. PHP ini says: [PostgresSQL] ; Allow or prevent persistent links. pgsql.allow_persistent = On ; Maximum number of persistent links. -1 means no limit. pgsql.max_persistent = -1 ; Maximum number of links (persistent+non persistent). -1 means no limit. pgsql.max_links = -1 We are now running for days with an extremly unstable database backend... Are 1.000 processes the natural limit on a linux based postgresql ? How can I realize a more efficient connection pooling/reusing, or is the connection pooling php offers here more bad than good , because the connections of the large number of databases cannot be shared in a efficient way ? Maybe it is advisable just to share the connections of the "main" database(s), and to pg_connect the other running databases ? Is it enough to convert the "pg_pconnect" in every script to "pg_connect" by setting "pgsql.allow_persistent = Off" , or is this another effect ? I tested this, but at the moment i am in low-traffic-hours, so i cannot say anything pro or cons about this test. thanks a lot for help and every idea is very welcome, Andre -- PHP Database Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php