[EP-tech] Antwort: indexer stalls

martin.braendle at id.uzh.ch martin.braendle at id.uzh.ch
Wed Feb 3 10:13:54 GMT 2016

Hi Yuri,

- EPrints 3.1.2 or 3.1.12?
- I don't think the large row counts of the two tables are a problem - such
counts are quite common.
- Our experience is that the indexer rather is slowed down by too many
entries in the event table, especially if there are some which are ancient
(several weeks or months old). See Manage records > Tasks . Removing old
tasks will help a lot.

Best regards,


Dr. Martin Brändle
Zentrale Informatik
Universität Zürich
Stampfenbachstr. 73
CH-8006 Zürich

mail: martin.braendle at id.uzh.ch
phone: +41 44 63 56705
fax: +41 44 63 54505

Von:	Yuri <yurj at alfa.it>
An:	"EPrints.org Technical List" <eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Datum:	03/02/2016 09:58
Betreff:	[EP-tech]  indexer stalls
Gesendet von:	eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk

Hi all!

  I've a big problem with the eprints indexer (Eprint 3.1.2). I was
looking for a high load problem in our server and discovered that, even
with no http requests or other process running, the load was above 1.

The indexer was also at Ss state, so sleeping and log (with an increased
log level) showed it was not doing any operation in the past days. Then
I shut down the indexer and the high load disappeared.

I think the problem could be my eprint__rindex which has 33 millions
rows and eprint__index has 3 million rows. So I think what happens is
that mysql issue some kernel calls, because I can see that, when the log
stops to be updated with new operations), the wa (i/o waiting) is above
50% for a lot of time.

Then the indexer stop doing indexing and load is high (above 2 or 3)
with an high wa (I/O).

Now I've stopped the indexer and running it as the webserver user
(www-data) with --once and --notdeamon and stopping it when stalling.
Then I run it again and so on (the index_queue has still 4000 rows to

Any idea on how to solve this problem?

Question: which part of Eprints now is responsible to add an entry in
the index_queue table?
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