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I run Ubuntu server 8.04 on Linode with multiple Rails apps under Passenger + nginx. Today I've noticed it takes quite a lot of time to load a page (5-10 secs). And it's not only websites, ssh seems to be affected too.

Having no clue why this may be happening, I started to check different things. I checked how the log files are rotated, I checked if there's enough free disk space and memory. I also checked IO rate, here's the output:

$ iostat

avg-cpu:  %user   %nice %system %iowait  %steal   %idle
           0.17    0.00    0.02    0.57    0.16   99.07

Device:            tps   Blk_read/s   Blk_wrtn/s   Blk_read   Blk_wrtn
xvda              2.25        39.50        16.08     147042      59856
xvdb              0.00         0.05         0.00        192          0
xvdc              2.20        25.93        24.93      96530      92808
xvdd              0.01         0.12         0.00        434         16
xvde              0.04         0.23         0.35        858       1304
xvdf              0.37         0.31         4.12       1162      15352

Rebooting didn't help either. Any ideas where should I be looking?

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migrated from Feb 19 '10 at 19:01

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Since you're on a 'Linode' (I have one too) you're subject to load conditions on the physical host as well. The load on the host will not be reflected in tools like top or iostat. Go to the Linode dashboard and look at the host stats. That represents the physical server that your virtual instance is running on.

Linode lets you request a move if you feel you're on a server with another user that is hogging physical resources.

Please also include your memory stats swap vs cache vs buffers, etc... (the top section of top works well)

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You may also want to check the health of your DNS servers (dig and check the query time).

Jacked up DNS can also affect websites, ssh, etc.

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