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The background to my question is as follows. I currently rent a virtual private server from a major hosting company, which I use to run a minecraft server. I have a suspicion that there may be bad ram on the host that I'm running from due to the fact that the game's map files keep corrupting. Given that the process I use to operate the server has the game's map files stored in ramdisk, this is why I suspect that there may be a memory error.

So, my question is, if one does not have root on a system, and does not have physical access to the system, what indications or troubleshooting steps might I use to prove/disprove that the problem is bad ram on the host system?

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I'd like to believe that a "major hosting company" would do this every few months or something. At the very least, they should certainly have the capacity to do it fairly easily. Have you asked them? I have found problems on a VPS host before and they were understandably grateful for the heads-up. – goldilocks Jan 20 '13 at 14:22
@goldilocks indeed, and that's why I want to validate it first before reporting it to them. Have to have some sort of metric available before I start claiming their environment is to blame. Alas, I'm pretty sure it's just Minecraft and it's ragtag family of plugins. – Peter Grace Jan 21 '13 at 14:39

As long as you don't have root, you can't test all of the memory.

There are several programs out there for testing the memory, but I suspect most or all of them require root access.

What you could try is to generate a large file with random data, the size of your ramdisk, run a checksum like sha1, copy it over and then compare the checksum. Repeat this hundreds of times with a script, and you may be approaching a method to test the memory. Note that this does not test random-access writing, but only one way of interacting with the memory.

I would not suspect there to be a physical problem just yet, as there are so many layers that could go wrong in between.

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