DreamHost runs a procwatch script on shared servers that kills any process that uses more than a certain (unspecified) amount of server resources. I just watched in
top -cas the
php53.cgiprocess running my backup job suddenly became
<defunct>in the middle of the job.
This has been causing incomplete backup archives to be created.
I think BackWPup could use a “nice” mode that, when enabled, splits the backup job into small pieces that can be done separately and in under 10 seconds each (or some other safe threshold).
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