Linode emails about CPU consumption exceeding threshold?

Linode Staff

I keep getting these email notifications saying that my Linode has exceeded the notification threshold for CPU Usage by averaging over the limit that was set for a given time period. I have tried debugging to see the cause, but can't seem to figure out what is causing my CPU Usage to be high. Any ideas what might be causing this?


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First off, thank you for being so diligent by attempting to resolve the issue independently! I would like to preface this response by saying that exceeding this threshold is not necessarily anything to be concerned about, and it may just be a result of the type of activity you are using our services for.

In the event that you would like to modify the actual notifications that you are receiving, I would reference this documents page which talks about how to change the specific settings which alert you by email.

Beyond the actual notifications, I can also help by providing some resources that may reveal the source of your resource consumption issue, which would ultimately stem the flow of these emails.

I would recommend starting by using the "top" command to identify running resources and their resource allocation:

top -bn 1 -o %CPU | head -n 15

Following this, I would encourage you to read through our community post, Why is My Linode Using 100% of Its CPU?. There is a ton of great insight there which may help you identify what the cause of the issue may be.


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