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Major forum freeze ups and errors 1 year in!

rockwaldorockwaldo New
edited June 2007 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I've been running a forum here for almost a year now (if not more actually) - here and it's been going fine pretty much.

However the past few months we have had MAJOR hang ups and errors really quite often. I have been banging on at my host for weeks now and they insist nothing is unusual or wrong with their servers.

What could it be?

  • most common error is:

    Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in d:\domains\\wwwroot\forum\library\People\People.Class.Authenticator.php on line 96

    with that line being the last one of this - line 92-96:

    function GetIdentity() {
    if (!session_id()) {
    session_set_cookie_params(0, $this->Context->Configuration['COOKIE_PATH'], $this->Context->Configuration['COOKIE_DOMAIN']);
  • I have tried disabling ALL extensions and various different configs with no difference so it cant be them
  • I recently made a backup and it backup up over 800,000 records.
  • We have 397 users
  • Frequently (i.e about 10 or more times an evening) the browser will just sit there when refreshing or navigating between pages. If you open another tab and try again, the same happens. If you open a fresh new browser it works fine straight away while the old browser still sits there looking.
What could it be? I've tried everything I can think of, database maintence etc....

I dont have another server to test it on unfortunately, so what else can I try?

It suggests to me some sort of session / cookie problem, but I have no idea.

Any help out there please?


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    ithcyithcy New
    edited June 2007
    can't be certain, but this looks to me like a host/server problem, not a vanilla problem. it could be failing to create the session file.

    can you get hold of your webserver's error log?
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    Thanks for the reply!

    Hmmmm, The host insist that there is no problem.

    What shall I ask them to check specifically?
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    Try making a php document containing the following: <?php $load = exec('uptime'); echo $load; ?> That's not guaranteed to work on your system, but if it does you should get a line similar to: 00:59:49 up 68 days, 11:17, 2 users, load average: 0.37, 0.53, 0.44 If those load average figures are above 1, it's not an ideal situation and could result in poor performance. If that mini script does work then keep an eye on those figures when you're having issues with the forum and report back what they are.
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    Thanks Minisweeper.

    It doesn't reply anything on my server unfortunately. I really want to avoid moving the host if I can, and I'm going to issue another ticket now, so any further help or suggestions would be great.

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    That doesn't work on my local dev server either, which is a Windows based server - is your host Windows based?
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    Well it's difficult to say really, the problem you describe really seems like the load on the server is too high. I just realised you're on windows not linux so my script wont work..I'm not sure if there is a similar one to use for windows... The other possibility is an issue with the sessions (since theyre used on every page) causing a slowdown. But again I'd expect that to be host side..
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    edited June 2007
    This works on my local dev server (win2003).

    Obviously, you may have to ask your host what the path to the pagefile is, and it may not even be possible on shared servers, who knows...
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    I'm not looking for the uptime though, Stash, the load figures are more important.
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    ithcyithcy New
    edited June 2007
    can you get hold of your webserver's error log?
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    Ah, fair enough Mini... good point ithcy
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    I tried the script and it worked fine, showing me:
    07:10:17 up 19 days, 17:01, 1 user, load average: 0.72, 0.50, 0.38
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    Yeah, it will work on most linux servers with safe mode disabled, but not windows unfortunately.
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