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"Too many connections" error in Plesk interface

Article ID: 769, created on Oct 6, 2008, last review on May 11, 2014

  • Parallels Plesk 10.4 for Linux/Unix


Following errors pop-up occasionally in Plesk interface:

Unable to connect to database: Too many connections

SQLSTATE[08004] [1040] Too many connections


This error means that the limit of simultaneous connections to the MySQL server has been reached and that new connections to the server cannot be established at this time.


There are two ways to solve this issue. The first one is to increase the connection limit, and the second is determine the cause of the "Too many connections" error and to use that information to lower MySQL server usage.

The MySQL server status can be checked using the "mysqladmin" utility. For example, to find out the number of current connections to the server, use:

# mysqladmin -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` extended-status | grep Max_used_connections
| Max_used_connections | 11 |

The current connections limit settings can be found using:

# mysqladmin -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow ` variables | grep 'max.*connections'
| max_connections | 100 |
| max_user_connections | 0

In the above example, the maximum number of connections to the server ("max_connections") is set to 100. The maximum number of connections per user ("max_user_connections") is zero, which means unlimited. Default MySQL values can be redefined in /etc/my.cnf (/etc/mysql/my.cnf on Debian/Ubuntu). For example:


Restart MySQL after my.cnf is modified:

/etc/init.d/mysqld restart

Note that if you set the connections limit to a very high value (more than 300), it may affect server performance. It is thus better to find and rectify the cause of the high MySQL server usage. You can check which users/requests slow MySQL on all current connections with the following command:

# mysqladmin -uadmin -p`cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` processlist

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