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Ever need to know why Apache is bogging down *right now*? Hate scanning Apache's Extended server-status for the longest running requests? Me, too. That's why I use this one liner to quickly find suspect web scripts that might need review.
Assuming the Extended server-status is reachable at the target URL desired, this one-liner parses the output through elinks (rendering the HTML) and shows a list of active requests sorted by longest running request at the bottom of the list. I include the following fields (as noted in the header line):
Seconds: How long the request is alive
PID: Process ID of the request handler
State: State of the request, limited to what I think are the relevant ones (GCRK_.)
IP: Remote Host IP making the request
Domain: Virtual Host target (HTTP/1.1 Host: header). Important for Virtual Hosting servers
TYPE: HTTP verb
URL: requested URL being served.
Putting this in a script that runs when triggered by high load average can be quite revealing. Can also capture "forgotten" scripts being exploited such as "formmail.pl", etc.
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