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MySQL 4.0.13 Memory Problem on heavy load

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Hi all,

I want to get your opinions on how to increase available/free memory and
performance on a heavy volume database server.

I have MySQL 4.0.13 running on RH 7.2 replicated to another RH 7.2 using same
MySQL version.
Recently our master database server (2 AMD Cpu + 2Gb memory + 2Gb swap space)
started to suffer from memory outages because of heavy load. During day
available free memory is changing from 200Mb to 5Mb and when available memory
reaches to 5Mb MySQL starts to give 'Too many connections' messages. Db server
is working with 45-70 query/second and more than 25,712 connection per hour.
There are active 13-18 threads serving databases.

To increase available free memory I've did following :
1- Optimized all tables
2- Removed unneccessary/old indexes
3- Moved unused databases to replication server
4- Increased key_buffer_size from 8Mb to 16Mb

This changes helped a bit but still memory is a problem for MySQL. Average MySQL
thread used to consume 100-120 Mb memory before changes, now it is consuming
60-70Mb per thread. What should I do to prevent 'too many connections' messages
and have more memory available on database servers? Should I remove more indexes
from tables? Should I increase key_buffer_size to 32Mb or more? Key_buffer_size
doesn't look like a problem since key efficiency looks 100% most of the time.

Thank you for your time

Kayra Otaner
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Jul 19 '05 #1
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