I recently migrated an old server running MySQL to a new VPS running MariaDB 5.5. I don't have too much running on the server (just a few PHP sites) and free memory seems to be OK, but the DB keeps crashing--sometimes every few days, other times within a few hours.

I receive the following errors in the logs:

131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] mysqld: Out of memory (Needed 128917504 bytes)
131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] mysqld: Out of memory (Needed 96681984 bytes)
131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] mysqld: Out of memory (Needed 72499200 bytes)
131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] mysqld: Out of memory (Needed 54362112 bytes)
131231  1:43:04 InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
131231  1:43:04 InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use GCC atomic builtins
131231  1:43:04 InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib
131231  1:43:04 InnoDB: Using Linux native AIO
131231  1:43:04 InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 128.0M
InnoDB: mmap(137756672 bytes) failed; errno 12
131231  1:43:04 InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
131231  1:43:04 InnoDB: Fatal error: cannot allocate memory for the buffer pool
131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' init function returned error.
131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed.
131231  1:43:04 [Note] Plugin 'FEEDBACK' is disabled.
131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB
131231  1:43:04 [ERROR] Aborting

131231  1:43:04 [Note] /usr/sbin/mysqld: Shutdown complete

I've played with the my.cnf settings for InnoDB Heap, which does not seem to help. Here's the relevant portion:

innodb_buffer_pool_size = 128M
innodb_log_buffer_size  = 8M
innodb_file_per_table   = 1
innodb_open_files       = 400
innodb_io_capacity      = 400
innodb_flush_method     = O_DIRECT

I seem to have "plenty" of free RAM, and I have some swap available as well:

root@phoenix:~# free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           994        923         71          0         19        417
-/+ buffers/cache:        486        508
Swap:         1023        131        892

How can I solve / troubleshoot this issue? I've scoured the interwebz for clues, but nothing has helped.

  • 1
    What does the memory look like right before it crashes? The [ERROR] mysqld: Out of memory sure looks like a strong hint. Did you check your system logs to see if the kernel (OOM) decided to kill mysql?
    – Zoredache
    Jan 3, 2014 at 2:16
  • You should log the file handles used and the memory used both before and after the crash (maybe even the dump of top command every interval) to know what could cause the crash. Any other services run in your servers like mysql (mariadb)?
    – Ashwin
    Jan 3, 2014 at 9:44
  • 1
    There's a really great answer over on DBA that seems to be helpful: dba.stackexchange.com/questions/1927/… Jan 18, 2014 at 5:00
  • Try performance_schema = off ?
    – user253792
    Nov 13, 2014 at 16:44

1 Answer 1


I hope it will be helpful to you.


performance_schema = off

in [mysqld] section of your configuration.


  • Giving this a try. Will report back soon after I give the service a few days to stay up and running consistently. Apr 30, 2015 at 16:45
  • Seems to have helped quite a bit. Not sure 100% solved, but it's been running pretty well since I adjusted this. Thanks. Jun 4, 2015 at 20:44

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