The Apache mod_status module is something that can be very useful when troubleshooting high CPU or Memory usage with Apache.
Taken it directly from the Apache documentation:
– The number of worker serving requests.
– The number of idle worker.
– The status of each worker, the number of requests that worker has performed and the total number of bytes served by the worker.
– A total number of accesses and byte count served.
– The time the server was started/restarted and the time it has been running for.
– Averages giving the number of requests per second, the number of bytes served per second and the average number of bytes per request.
– The current percentage CPU used by each worker and in total by all workers combined.
– The current hosts and requests being processed.
Setting it up is simple.
# CentOS 6 / CentOS 7 [root@web01 ~]# vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/status.conf
# Ubuntu 12.04 [root@web01 ~]# vim /etc/apache2/conf.d/status.conf
# Ubuntu 14.04 [root@web01 ~]# vim /etc/apache2/conf-available/status.conf
Using the correct location for your distro use the following configuration to enable mod_status. Update the AuthUserFile line accordingly for your distro:
<IfModule mod_status.c> # # ExtendedStatus controls whether Apache will generate "full" status # information (ExtendedStatus On) or just basic information (ExtendedStatus # Off) when the "server-status" handler is called. The default is Off. # ExtendedStatus On # Allow server status reports generated by mod_status, # with the URL of http://servername/server-status # Uncomment and change the ".example.com" to allow # access from other hosts. # <Location /server-status> SetHandler server-status Order deny,allow Deny from all Allow from localhost ip6-localhost <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine off </IfModule> Allow from 127.0.0.1 # On CentOS / RedHat systems, uncomment the following line AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/status-htpasswd # On Debian / Ubuntu systems, uncomment the following line # AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/status-htpasswd AuthName "Password protected" AuthType Basic Require valid-user # Allow password-less access for allowed IPs Satisfy any </Location> </IfModule>
Once you have the configuration in place, you can secure it with a username and password:
# CentOS 6 / CentOS 7 [root@web01 ~]# htpasswd -c /etc/httpd/status-htpasswd serverinfo [root@web01 ~]# service httpd restart
# Ubuntu 12.04 [root@web01 ~]# htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/status-htpasswd serverinfo [root@web01 ~]# service apache2 restart
# Ubuntu 14.04 [root@web01 ~]# htpasswd -c /etc/apache2/status-htpasswd serverinfo [root@web01 ~]# a2enconf status.conf [root@web01 ~]# service apache2 restart
Now go to:
You can have the /server-status page refresh automatically by using the following in the URL:
It may give you some idea of what client, or what types of requests, are causing the resource contention issues. Usually it is a specific web application misbehaving, or a specific client is attacking a site.