[Koha] [Koha-devel] Zebra Server - Cannot allocate Memory

Mark Tompsett mtompset at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 2 03:24:13 NZDT 2012


When I first setup Koha, I was using a 3.6.3 tarball on Ubuntu with 512MB of memory. I discovered that apache was leaking about 1MB per transaction in Koha. This caused us a pain when indexing/reindexing. At that time, we couldn’t even complete a full reindex with apache and MySQL running.

So, if you seem to be running out of memory after 24 hours, I would suggest a cronjob that restarts apache daily at an off hours time, if you are unable to increase the amount of memory you have. The OS/Apache eventually recover the leaks without intervention if you wait long enough, and/or are able to determine better apache settings.

You can use "free -m" to determine the total amount of memory, free memory, and swap space that you have in megabytes. The size of your catalogue and the number of transactions (check in/check out/clicking a button on a Koha page) are usually used to determine the amount of disk space and memory you should be using.

It should also be noted that Zebra is a memory hog. This is why my *temporary* solution was turning off apache, doing the reindexing, turning apache back on, and restarting the zebra indexing daemon.

We are currently running 3.8.6 off of packages now. When we increased the memory to 1GB, this was no longer required as memory management stabilized. We do not have high traffic on our site (yet), but it is growing. And as it grows, this minimum of 1GB will likely need to be increased. It should also be noted we have no swap space.

Mark Tompsett

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