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Bug #59319 Huge Apache (Prefork) Processes
Submitted: 2010-07-23 00:16 UTC Modified: 2016-08-31 15:35 UTC
From: mcs at sunwave dot net Assigned: cmb (profile)
Status: Wont fix Package: APC (PECL)
PHP Version: 5.3.2 OS: FreeBSD
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2010-07-23 00:16 UTC] mcs at sunwave dot net
FreeBSD 7.2 (64bit), Apache 2.2.15, PHP 5.3.2, APC 3.1.3p1

Everything installed via FreeBSD ports system

'./configure' '--with-layout=GNU' '--with-config-file-scan-dir=/usr/local/etc/php' '--disable-all' '--enable-libxml' '--with-libxml-dir=/usr/local' '--with-pcre-regex=/usr/local' '--program-prefix=' '--with-apxs2=/usr/local/sbin/apxs' '--with-regex=php' '--with-zend-vm=CALL' '--prefix=/usr/local' '--mandir=/usr/local/man' '--infodir=/usr/local/info/' '--build=amd64-portbld-freebsd7.2'

APC is set to use 256mb ram - that shows up fine (366mb)under the "SIZE" column in 'top'. That is shared amoung all apache processes.

The problem is in the "RES" column - each apache process grows from 25mb to almost 100mb *each* after just a few pageviews on my website. It doesn't appear to grow any larger than that.

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Enable APC in the php.ini file


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 [2010-07-23 00:21 UTC]
Why do you think that has anything to do with PHP?  A large 
mysql query or anything that takes a lot of memory is going to 
grow that memory footprint in each process.
 [2010-07-23 00:28 UTC] mcs at sunwave dot net
Is this not the place to submit bug reports for APC? I'm confused by your first comment.

My apache processes *never* grow any larger than 25mb each with APC disabled.

With APC enabled, they grow to 100mb each within a few pageviews. It's obviously a bug somewhere within APC.
 [2010-07-23 00:33 UTC]
APC doesn't allocate huge chunks of ram like that.  Run your 
process in gdb or Valgrind and track down where these allocs 
are coming from in your app.
 [2010-07-23 01:09 UTC] mcs at sunwave dot net
I'm not familar enough with FreeBSD to even attempt anything like that. This is a production box that runs a couple websites.

Even if I was sucessful, I wouldn't know how to interpret the results. Please leave this open for comments and I'll just hope someone with a similar rig can shed some light on why this is happening.

I still believe this is an APC issue. It *never* happens with APC disabled. It *only* happens when APC is enabled.
 [2010-07-31 18:58 UTC]

If you are able to get the results and post them here we can interpret them and figure out whether this is an APC issue or not :)
 [2010-07-31 21:03 UTC] mcs at sunwave dot net
If I use GDB to monitor a already running httpd process, what args would you like me to use?
 [2016-08-31 15:35 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Wont fix -Assigned To: +Assigned To: cmb
 [2016-08-31 15:35 UTC]
According to <>, APC support has been
discontinued in favor of OPcache, APCu, the session upload
progress API and WinCache. Therefore this issue won't get fixed.
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