my server is terribly slow

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by aicul, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats

    I have a mac mini server running SL and it has recently become dramatically slow.

    A simple file transfer of a few Mb can take minutes. Actually, you can see the copy hang...then suddenly go thru a full speed.

    My thinking is that some form of setup is not good.

    Problem is, the mini server setup was so easy, and worked so smoothly (3 years) that I never learnt anything about server management, etc.

    Can anyone suggest some guidance or ask questions to assist me here ?

    thank you
  2. macrumors 603


    Did you ever restart it?
    How much space is left on the HDD/SSD?
    How many page files?
    Do you ever do maintenance?
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    Further to check :

    Restart : yes last week
    note: this seemed to solve the problem, then slowness just came back

    HDD: 730Gb left of 1Tb

    Page files: ? (what are these?)

    Maintenance: I was in the understanding that there are cron jobs that do this automatically.

    Anything special I should do as maintenance ?

    Forgot to mention: the 1tb disk is set as 2 RAID slices
  4. macrumors 603


    1. 1 week ago is OK, I thought you might have been running it for ages.

    2. More than enough space left, no worries here.

    3. A pagefile is a VM( Virtual Memory) and is a file which the system writes to if it runs out of physical memory, they are located in /private/var/vm

    4. You could set up maintenance in a cron job AFAIK but standard OTB OS X only does three scripts, namely daily,weekly and monthly

    5. Maintenance, I'll explain below.

    6. I don't know much about raid, don't think it should be an issue, but you never know.

    Now for maintenance, there are plenty of free maintenance programs, like Onyx, in onyx these two are the most important, maintenance and cleaning.
    I myself do this manually but this will be easier for you.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats

    Some more information

    point 3, pagefiles.
    There are 2 files in /private/var/vm seen thru terminal with ls -la

    size=67108864 file=swapfile0
    size=67108864 file=swapfile1

    point 5, maintenance
    Indeed, Onyx I run that occasionally on my mba for special settings.

    I'll install and run that overnight on the miniserver and post back.

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