These are some things I had to do to make ElasticSearch work in a Django app I deployed to WebFaction. After telnetting to the server:
Set ES_HEAP_SIZE environment variable to lower than 512 MB, e.g.
set ES_HEAP_SIZE=256mb export ES_HEAP_SIZE=256mb
Check ES_HEAP_SIZE environment variable is set:
Switch to Java 1.8:
echo "PATH=\$HOME/jdk1.8.0_45/bin/:\$PATH" >> .bash_profile source .bash_profile
Run ElasticSearch as daemon:
From elasticsearch-1.5.2 directory:
Inspect memory used:
ps aux --sort -rss
Top RSS value should be 255640 or thereabouts (i.e. less than 256 MB).