Crashes and Performance Troubleshooting

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Troubleshooting Confluence performance problems requires distinguishing between different kinds of problems. The definitions below will help to clarify the problem for your own research and for the quick resolution of an Atlassian support issue.

Confluence "crashed", "hangs" or "went down"

The terms crash, hang, and went down do not describe the problem with Confluence specifically enough to help with diagnosing or resolving the problem.

See the list of more specific descriptions below to see which matches the problem most closely.

Confluence fails to start

A very serious problem is a startup issue, where Confluence prints an error message to the logs when it starts and will not respond to any requests at all. If Confluence does not resume processing requests normally after being restarted, follow Confluence Startup Problems Troubleshooting.

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Confluence is not responding

If Confluence is not responding during a period of normal operation, there is usually a serious performance problem on the server which is preventing requests being processed normally. If the server is not responding, the Confluence administrator should follow the Troubleshooting Confluence hanging or crashing guide.

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Confluence is responding slowly

A performance issue is when Confluence responds slowly to requests. You should take note of whether some kinds of pages load faster than others. If all the pages in the application are slow to respond, review the Troubleshooting Confluence hanging or crashing guide.

If Confluence is responding slowly on just a few pages, you can look at Performance Tuning to look for specific performance tuning ideas. This is the point when you should begin to gather all the information in Requesting Performance Support. Troubleshooting Slow Performance Using Page Request Profiling is especially useful when particular pages are loading slowly.

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Confluence is displaying errors in the UI

If Confluence returns error pages, take note of:

  • which operations in the application return error pages
  • which users are affected.

If the error pages are displayed only after a long wait, you should look at the Confluence is responding slowly section above. If the error pages return quickly, follow the Troubleshooting Problems and Requesting Technical Support guide.

JVM Issues

If Confluence does not respond to requests at all, the java process for Confluence is no longer running, and there is an hs_err_pid*.log file, the JVM has crashed.

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Performance Data Collector

The  Performance Data Collector is a server-side, standalone application that exposes a number of REST APIs for collecting performance data. It can be used to collect data, such as thread dumps, disk speed and CPU usage information, to troubleshoot performance problems.

See How to use the Performance Data Collector for more information. 

Last modified on Oct 15, 2018

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