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php-cgi constantly recycles every couple of minutes

January 25, 2010 02:17PM
I run a fairly busy site with a Wordpress blog and vBulletin forums. I recently dumped Apache and and using nginx for everything (which has been incredible and I would never go back). I'm using PHP as fastCGI and have a wrapper script to start the process. We average about 1,000 concurrent users at any given time. Usually anywhere from 800 to 1200+.

This is the script I found to start php-cgi:

[code]
#!/bin/sh

PHP=/usr/bin/php-cgi
PHP_PID=/tmp/php.pid
FCGI_BIND_ADDRESS=127.0.0.1:8888
PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN=4
PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS=1000

env -i PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN=$PHP_FCGI_CHILDREN \
PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS=$PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS \
$PHP -b $FCGI_BIND_ADDRESS &

echo $! > "$PHP_PID"
[/code]

This has been working great and PHP hasn't completely died on me yet.

The problem that I'm having is that while viewing TOP, php-cgi seems to die and restart about every 2-3 minutes, sometimes as often as every minute. At least it restarts itself, but that can take a couple of seconds, causing a delay if you happen to be browsing the site during this time.

In the above script, I've tried increasing the PHP_FCGI_MAX_REQUESTS, even as high as 1,000,000. I've also tried completely omitting that value. No matter what, php-cgi reacts the same way.

I know it needs to recycle itself to prevent memory leaks, but I don't think it should be happening that often. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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php-cgi constantly recycles every couple of minutes

mindfrost82 January 25, 2010 02:17PM

Re: php-cgi constantly recycles every couple of minutes

Juan Fco. Giordana January 25, 2010 09:02PM

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mike January 25, 2010 09:10PM

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merlin corey January 26, 2010 06:00PM

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mindfrost82 January 27, 2010 05:38PM

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merlin corey January 28, 2010 04:54PM

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Rob Schultz January 28, 2010 09:32PM

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mindfrost82 January 29, 2010 09:38AM

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Rob Schultz January 29, 2010 11:58AM

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mindfrost82 January 29, 2010 12:04PM

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merlin corey January 29, 2010 02:20PM



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