I’ve been having all sorts of time-out troubles with my site’s Movable Type-based comments script. Interestingly, on the internal mailing list for my hosting service (Michal Sabren’s Cornerhost), the following was just posted by Michal:
… mt-comments.cgi and mt-trackback.cgi also suffer from horendous slowdowns as a site ages. And of course, when comment spammers attack, these slow, cpu-intensive scripts pile up and the server crashes.
…For the most part, this problem is specific to MT sites that have a lage number of posts and comments. The servers are VERY fast machines, and almost every script that runs for 30s+ is an MT script. The more stuff you put into MT, the slower it gets.
Welcome to my world. So, to Anil and everyone at Six Apart: Is this a known issue with Movable Type? If so, what is being done about it?