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From Igor <>
Subject Re[2]: [users@httpd] A strange problem
Date Mon, 08 Feb 2010 20:50:30 GMT
Hello Jeff,

Monday, February 8, 2010, 5:23:04 PM, you wrote:

Thanks for the reply, in my case thread would hang like


for 70 minutes and more till apache is restarted. No load is
generated, only RAM is consumed and the workers. All requests are
hitting PHP, but there is no way PHP would run more than 5 seconds,
it's configured and the holes allowing users to reconfigure timeouts
are patched. It just hangs in the midair, like waiting for a mutex
that won't ever open.

I don't know how to backtrace apache threads yet but I understand what
you mean and will give it a go when another such case happens. I can't
reproduce the faulty conditions. It just would eat threads out, for no
particular reasons.

It looks like there is always a new way to bring it down.

JT> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM, Igor Franchuk <> wrote:
>> Hello users,
>>  I have apache 2.2.14-r1/events MPM running on Gentoo with the 2.6.31 linux
>>  kernel
>>  The problem starts as usually - from time to time I have many threads in W state,
>>  which won't leave the state. The threads engaged in writing have
>>  an IP address to where Apache supposedly transmits the requests.
>>  If I #netstat -nt | grep "IP engaged in the W"
>>  I would have an empty reply, no connection to IP present. Yet the server-status
>>  insists that threads are engaged in writing. No load is generated but the slots
>>  busy, the memory is used etc.

JT> W doesn't necessarily mean httpd is actively sending the reply.  The
JT> request has been read and (generally) control has been passed to a
JT> module to generate and control sending of the reply.

JT> Backtraces of these threads would show where processing has hung.

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