On my server I have 7 databases. Our server has 512 MB of RAM which I'm getting upgraded this evening to 2GB and has a 2.4 single processor.

I've gotten an error about the connection limit exceeded. With increasing my RAM, is it ok to increase the number of connections? Currently it's set to 200 but a single page may connect to 3-4 databases considering JOINs and things.

We've setup so many databases for mere organization. We have a total of about 250-300 tables in all of the databases.

Any advice would be appreciated :)


Turns out, I have a lot more connections than I thought....

With 2GB RAM and a 2.4 single core, is 50 user connections accurate or should I increase that?





query_cache_limit = 2M
query_cache_size = 64M
query_cache_type = 1

  • Number of tables or "schemas" which in mysql-language is a "database", has nothing to do with connections. One connection can send several queries, join as many tables as it like as well as change database/schema. You should consider one connection per simultaneous user, if you don't do multiple connectiosn per client (and in that case, look over your app/website to see if you can't optimize it)
    – jishi
    Jun 18, 2010 at 13:42

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You should be able to substantially increase your connections. However, if you do not properly tune to the per thread memory usage, you risk MySQL running out of memory. MySQL running out of memory can be a disastrous situation and is best to avoid.

An example of what happens when you do not properly tune:

MySQL keeps restarting due to running out of memory

Some earlier tuning recommendations I provided:

How do I set my.cnf in Mysql so that there are no limits to connections?

The link to InnoDB Memory Usage includes a formula to calculate InnoDB memory usage, which you can plug into a spreadsheet to calculate the memory usage on a per thread basis.

Here is some more information regarding MySQL Server Memory Usage.

Ultimately, your goal should be to calculate your maximum per thread memory usage based on your configuration. Once that is calculated, you can set your maximum connections to the proper value.

  • You don't by chance have a spreadsheet you already use for this or something that would be helpful do you? Even a web page to do this would be awesome
    – Ben
    Jun 25, 2010 at 20:59
  • I do but it is arbitrary and something I hack out depending on what I'm doing at the time, which includes being more focused on InnoDB. I considered giving it out but it's not really suitable for someone else to use.
    – Warner
    Jun 25, 2010 at 21:10

On 1gb machines, we routinely set max_connections to 750 without issues

  • It's irresponsible to do that without the proper discretion.
    – Warner
    Jun 18, 2010 at 13:24

If you use PHP, then edit the php configuration file, usually at /etc/php.ini and change persistence to OFF.

[MySQL] ; Allow or prevent persistent links. mysql.allow_persistent = Off

That's all. Restart Apache.

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