[email protected] Init Script Additions: throttle & unthrottle

January 13, 2010

As I’ve posted before, I’ve started running [email protected] on my machines. One issue I’ve found is that on a dual core machine I will sometimes bog down as [email protected] consumes a whole core. That plus a lot of busy Firefox tabs and my box starts to crawl.

To fix that, I added a few pieces to my [email protected] init script, which was originally scavenged from this site, though on Googling there is a much nicer one on the [email protected] wiki. You might just want to apply my changes to that one.

In any case, I just added two commands to throttle and unthrottle the [email protected] application using cpulimit. This way I can add a cron job to manage it, or just throttle it when it starts to bug me.

Here it is if you want it!

#!/bin/sh

export DIRECTORY=/var/cache/fah
USER=fah
export OUTPUT=/dev/null

test -f $DIRECTORY/fah6 || exit 0


title() {
  echo $1
  error=0
}

status() {
  error=0
}

case "$1" in

  start)
    title "Starting [email protected]"
    cd $DIRECTORY
    su $USER -c 'nohup $DIRECTORY/fah6 >$OUTPUT 2>&1 &'
    error=$?
    status
;;

  stop)
    title "Stopping [email protected]"
    killall -15 $DIRECTORY/fah6 || error=$?
    status
;;

  restart)
    $0 stop; $0 start
;;

  unthrottle)
    FHPID=$(ps aux | grep FahCore | grep [TR]N | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}')
    CLPID=$(ps aux | grep "cpulimit -p $FHPID -l" | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}')
    if [ "$CLPID" != "" ]; then
      echo "Killing existing cpulimit, $CLPID"
      kill -9 $CLPID
    fi
    kill -18 $FHPID # It may be in SIGSTOP, so send it a SIGCONT
;;

  throttle)
    $0 unthrottle;
    FHPID=$(ps aux | grep FahCore | grep [TR]N | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}')
    if [ "$FHPID" != "" ]; then
      echo "Found process $FHPID, throttle to 50%"
      nohup cpulimit -p $FHPID -l 50 >$OUTPUT 2>&1 &
    else
      echo "Could not find fah process!"
    fi
;;


  *)
    echo "Usage: $0 { start | stop | restart | throttle | unthrottle }"
    exit 1
;;

esac

exit 0

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