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From "Philip M. Gollucci" <>
Subject Re: mod_perl-2.0.2 causing segfaults
Date Mon, 11 Dec 2006 18:14:23 GMT
Grant wrote:
>> > The way my config works, apache2 hands all requests to the interchange
>> > ( daemon via a socket by way of the mod_perl module
>> > (Interchange::Link).
>> >
>> > So the error is caused by the mod_perl module trying to read or write
>> > to or from the interchange daemon and failing?  If that's correct, it
>> > sounds like the next thing to do is find out why it's failing?  Can it
>> > be said whether it's a problem with mod_perl, Interchange::Link,
>> > interchange, or something else at this point?
>> >
>> > Also, I tried restarting the interchange daemon with
>> > PERL_SIGNALS=unsafe and the ALERT/segfaults came MUCH MUCH more
>> > frequently.  Does that tell us anything?
>> It would make sense that, when you have high load, there is a problem
>> processing many concurrent requests which triggers the PIPE signal, so
>> you should find out what the error is, and handle it more gracefully.
>> You might want to change the die sub to print out $! and $? - that may
>> give you a bit of a clue as to what caused the PIPE signal.
>> I'm guessing (and it is a guess) that the segfaults may be caused
>> because the die sub sends a web response, but that sub could be called
>> while your server is busy doing something else, and the two actions
>> collide.
> Very good guess.  Commenting out the web response stuff seems to have
> eliminated the segfaults.  Adding $! and $? to the warn line, I'm
> getting one of these two bits along with each ALERT now:
> Broken pipe 0
> Inappropriate ioctl for device 0
This could happen from a Cntrl-C or stop in a browser.

require Carp;
Carp::cluck() to your die() function.

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