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From Jeff Trawick <>
Subject Re: mod_fcgid does not appear to bound max processes
Date Thu, 28 Oct 2010 19:04:28 GMT
On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 8:57 AM, Jeff Trawick <> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM, Edward Z. Yang <> wrote:
>> Hello Jeff,
>> We tested the latest version of mod_fcgid in trunk (r1028094) and
>> found that, while the total number of fcgis did not explode and overwhelm
>> the server, that after a ramp up time new FCGIs were not being spawned
>> and we were getting responses like:
>>    $ curl
>>    curl: (52) Empty reply from server
>> Our hypothesis is that the new code interacts poorly with mod_vhost_ldap
>> because mod_vhost_ldap copies the server_rec to a dynamically allocated buffer
>> (see
>> so the current_node->server == procnode->server check never succeeds.  mod_ftp
>> does something similar.
> Interesting...  I guess mod_fcgid has to leave some droplet attached
> to a server_rec that can used to identify the different <VirtualHost >
> containers in lieu of comparing the ServerName setting (original
> implementation) or the server_rec address (my subsequent "fix").
> (I don't know precisely what is failing in your case.)
> I guess you could rip out the server_rec comparison, as long as you
> have no VirtualHost-specific settings related to the FastCGI
> applications (i.e., if you can share your apps across vhosts).
> When somebody gets time/gumption I'm sure there will be a way to share
> apps across vhosts but that seems ugly to sanity check the feasibility
> (i.e., refuse to allow vhost-specific configuration of anything that
> would be impacted by reusing another vhost's process when there's some
> share-across-vhost flag at global scope.  Hopefully your case can be
> made to work without that other work.

please try the attached patch if at all possible

when comparing vhosts it requires only that the per-server module
config be left alone in the server_rec copy

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