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Hello MySQL Users!
Over the past several days, you may have experienced intermittent problems
relating to the maximum number of connections to your MySQL server being
exceeded. This would have resulted in your site not being able to connect
to your mysql server (thereby breaking your site, at least on a percentage
of page loads).
We've tracked down the problem to one particular user who was consuming a
large number of connections (about 50% of the available connections).
We've done the following to permanently alleviate the problem:
* Moved that user off the troubled mysql instance onto his own (for now)
* Increased the maximum number of available connections by 50%
* Lowered the length of time a sleeping connection is kept to 4 hours
(this will speed up the rate at which connections become
* Instituted a new policy & configuration which only allows a maximum
of 25% of the total available connections per user. This will prevent
one user from "stepping" on all the other users.
These changes will most definitely prevent this problem from recurring again.
We're very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Happy DreamHost MySQL Team!
Thank you for taking the time to read this announcement,
The DreamHost Announcement Team