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  • I had no idea the performance of Slash was so low. Apache itself ought to sail, even on an "older" box like that. I just installed YDL on a G3-upgraded PCP 210 with 128 MB to use as a test box for Slash. Now it's sounding like I could max that out just clicking around the site myself.

    How much benchmarking and optimization is done on Slash? Is there documentation on tuning and tweaking for low-end systems like the poster and myself have? I bet there is demand for a "mature" discussion board system for low-traffic sites that could otherwise get away with hardware like this. I knew that hoping my box could serve /.-like loads was unreasonable, but I really thought it would be able to handle a MacSlash-level load.

    I don't mean this as a slam on any of the Slash developers. I really like it's capabilities. I'm just unfamiliar with the system requirements.

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    • by pudge (6) on Friday January 18 2002, @10:30AM (#4047) Homepage
      I had no idea the performance of Slash was so low.

      It isn't. Please don't confuse "memory-hungry" with "low performance". That's like saying a sports car is low performance because it runs best on high-octane gas.

      I just installed YDL on a G3-upgraded PCP 210 with 128 MB to use as a test box for Slash.

      If you don't tune the parameters, perhaps. Limit the numbers of httpds, mysql threads, and cut back on the caching vars in Slash.
      • You are, of course, correct. Sorry I mis-spoke.

        Sounds like the primary limit (in terms of pressing a dusty retired workstation back into service) to running Slash is RAM. The recommended minimum PII-200 probably has a ≥1 GB HD, but didn't come with 256 MB of RAM. Maybe it would be best to just put another couple sticks in my box.

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        • That's really the best option. RAM is cheap, and almost all machines can accommodate 256MB or more. 256 is the bare minimum I'd want on a live machine, but you could get away with 128 if you tuned everything well, didn't have a ton of traffic, and didn't use the machine for anything else. :) But pudge.net runs on 256MB, and it is fine (once I tuned it in a few places here and there).

          Primary place to tune: # of Apache processes, # of MySQL threads, and cache variables (esp. template cache). Also, once