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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Philadelphia, PA

    aspell help

    My server load keeps jumping to critical load levels due to a certain process.

    A top shows the process to be 'aspell-a-H' by user nobody, I kill the process and we're fine again. This seems to kick off every couple hours or so.

    My questions:

    Is aspell even needed on a server that is mainly used for web hosting? (WHM, RH3

    Is this the actual aspell process - or something else? The '-a-H' bothers me.

    Any other suggestions, observations? Thanks.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Home, chair
    Seems like someone runs aspell program from one of the php scripts. You can disable aspell from being run from php scripts by using disable_functions directive in php.ini, but your customers may need it, not sure, try to find out who is using it.

  3. #3

    GNU Aspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell. It can either be used as a library or as an independent spell checker. Its main feature is that it does a much better job of coming up with possible suggestions than just about any other spell checker out there for the English language, including Ispell and Microsoft Word. It also has many other technical enhancements over Ispell such as using shared memory for dictionaries and intelligently handling personal dictionaries when more than one Aspell process is open at once.
    as phpdeveloper mentions, probably from one of your php scripts.
    mostly likely your webmail program or file editor.

    with not knowing the web mail program you are using (which would be my best guess is running the program) the best I can tell you and take a look at the configuration files. I know with horde you can just comment it out in one of the conf files.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Philadelphia, PA


    Thanks for the help.

    We are using Horde, but already had it commented out, so I went on the hunt for another php script that would be using it. Also checked out the '-a' and '-H' options that were tacked onto aspell.

    It was a quick hunt: find /home -name '*spell' -print

    found a /home/username/temp/spell/ dir and sure enough, so lackay had poorly written code (is that possible in php ) that passed the -a-H options.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2003

    I have an account using all the resources with aspell.
    I terminated the account but sometimes the process is running again.
    I can see the pids running in wht:
    sh -c /usr/bin/aspell -a -d american -H < /tmp/spellNVnpd9

    /usr/bin/aspell -a -d american -H

    How can I solve this problem?

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