While gtranslate runs fine most of the time, there are periods where it brings the server down and has to be rebooted. First I am sure it is gtranslate. I have narrowed it down to:
1. A script hangs on occasion. I was told it might not be closing properly. ??? I see no evidence myself.
2. Traffic spike (primarily search engines) causes high cpu load.
3. Had a 53 % reading on the disk i/o on one shutdown. I think this is the problem. Are all the little cache files causing an excess i/o load.
I see that APC will not run with ioncube loader. Any alternatives?
I am running about 5000 joomla pages and 6-10,000 non viewed pages a day on the server and about 1,500 front end pages and about 2,000 or so non-viewed through gtranslate. I am using the force translation entry in htaccess.
Dedicated Server at Hostgator running Cpanel, php 5.3 4GB ram, 8 processors. There are about 3,000 pages and 30 languages = 90000 potential pages for search engines to index. The engines can be very aggressive at times when 4 or 5 are on at a time. I am pretty sure this is the spike. It seems like it might also be around the turn of the clock when the quota is reset?? This of course would increase the writing to disk?
Load average is mostly around 4 except when maintenance or mail program is running then about 9-10. When a spike hits and this appears to be search engines the load will jump to about 15 then gradually climbs to 400 or so until shut down. It is like a train crash with engine stopping and the rear cars pancaking ahead.
I really like the program but can't live with it bringing down the server or running where people can't load other pages. My page load time has soared on Google since gtranslate was installed. I am hoping this will come down as things get translated?
Further update: 5/12/2012
After a a high load average session this morning for about 4 hours, it appears the culprit is Baidu Spider. They are calling joomla searches in English and running through gtranslate for results in a different language. It is as if they are asking joomla to create search results for them. I have added this to the robots.txt to block this behavior hopefully.
I would appreciate you advice. regards