As of yesterday, my business blog, lovingly created using wordpress has been down; any call to the blog engine (including admin.php) crashes the server process and creates a core dump on the blog directory.
I 've tried to replicate the problem and it seems that as as of yesterday *something changed* on my hosting provider and crashes the blog engine on some kind of database activity. Specifically
- I 've tried clean installs of WordPress 2.1, 2.0.7. 2.0.1 and 1.5.2 and the blog engine crashes on step 2 of the installation process; it prints something like 'creating tables for your database' and then.. nothing. Thereafter, ALL calls to the database engine return a 500 Internal Server Error and generate a 2.5MB core dump file.
- If I drop or empty the tables from the database, I can run install.php again, but then on step 2 the story repeats.
I have searched high and low but can't find what's to blame. BTW, here's some environment variables:
Operating system Linux
Kernel version 2.4.21-47.0.1.ELsmp
Machine Type i686
Apache version 1.3.37 (Unix)
PERL version 5.8.7
Path to PERL /usr/bin/perl
Path to sendmail /usr/sbin/sendmail
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PHP version 4.4.4
MySQL version 4.1.21-standard
This is my business blog which has been down 24+ hours and it's becoming a nightmare.. Any help will be much appreciated ! (the hosts at Lunarpages.com seem unable to fix this..and will be losing me as a customer pretty soon).