MySQL crashes periodically: Out of memory


2017-04-28 10:57:53 UTC


2017-08-16 15:56:52 UTC


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MySQL crashes periodically: Out of memory

Applicable to:

  • Plesk for Linux


  • Plesk and websites are down from time to time.

  • Server becomes unresponsive.
  • High CPU usage.

  • In the file /var/log/mariadb/mariadb.log the following error messages can be found:

    InnoDB: Fatal error: cannot allocate memory for the buffer pool
    [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' init function returned error.
    [ERROR] Plugin 'InnoDB' registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed.
    [ERROR] mysqld: Out of memory (Needed 128917504 bytes)
    [ERROR] mysqld: Out of memory (Needed 96681984 bytes)
    [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB
    [ERROR] Aborting
    [Note] /usr/libexec/mysqld: Shutdown complete
  • Executing dmesg shows:

    Out of memory in UB 103: OOM killed process 1008 (mysqld) score 0 vm:1631980kB, rss:174104kB, swap:154444kB
  • There is no free swap space:

    # free -h
        total used free shared buff/cache available
    Mem: 3,7G 3,5G 132M 3,5M 91M 35M
    Swap: 2,0G 2,0G 0K
  • The following can be found in /var/log/messages :

    kernel: Free swap  = 0kB
    kernel: Total swap = 2097148kB
    kernel: Out of memory: Kill process 21770 (mysqld) score 17 or sacrifice child
    kernel: Killed process 21770 (mysqld) total-vm:2698392kB, anon-rss:24616kB, file-rss:0kB, shmem-rss:0kB


Insufficient amount of RAM and swap space on the server.

When the system runs out of memory, it starts to kill processes that use RAM to free up space.


Increase RAM on the server.

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