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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] CGI Timeouts?
Date Wed, 20 Sep 2006 07:37:18 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Swift [] 
> Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 9:05 AM
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> Subject: [users@httpd] CGI Timeouts?
> Is there a configuration directive or some trick that I could 
> use to kill a CGI script if it runs for longer than, say, 120 seconds?

You don't mention your OS, but under unix, apache handles a CGI program
the way the shell would - that is, by forking a separate process. Then
apache patiently waits for output. I suspect the browsers would time-out
first, then eventually apache will forget about the job (see TimeOut).
But apache won't (can't!) kill the process that's looping...

Owen Boyle
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> If any of my scripts run for longer than 30 seconds or so, 
> they are certainly in a loop, and will continue forever, 
> until I notice and kill them manually. 
> I've not found such a directive in the past and it seems an oversight.
> -- 
> Steve Swift
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