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I have a Debian 7 x64 machine running with Digital Ocean that has every 30 Minutes a 100% cpu usage for about 1 minute. A couple of days ago it stayed there for a couple of hours so the server finally crashed and I had to repair my Mysql databases. The server is a pure webserver running apache2 and Mysql.

I tried tracing which processes use the cpu but with no luck. The script I used:


while true; do ps -A -eo pcpu,pid,user,args | sort -k 1 -r | head -3 >>
proclog.txt; echo "\n" >> proclog.txt; sleep 2; done

I was monitoring htop as well while this was happening, but the top processess' cpu usage didn't add up to ~15% even though htop's cpu meter showed constant 100%. htop was configured to show all users' processess, user- and kernel-threads.

Edit: By stopping Apache2 & Mysql prior to the expected 100% usage I can tell both are not responsible for it. The 100% usage occurred anyway.

This is what the graph looked like the past hours: some graphs

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ok, but even if your processes take upto ~15% and even low, some of them can easily cause loops to death. what is your top 10 processes and %sy at that time. –  ADM Jun 1 '14 at 9:25
I'd like to comment that with a picture I took after ~1 minute of this high usage (it ended shortly after it): s29.postimg.org/efz20tl3b/Untitled.png I am starting to think another machine on this host is causing this, can it be? –  user654123 Jun 1 '14 at 9:43

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