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From Perrin Harkins <>
Subject Re: Disconnect database connection after idle timeout
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:56:38 GMT

Can you explain what problem you're trying to solve? Apache processes don't
have the option of doing things when there is no request to serve, so you
can't easily have them disconnect. It may be possible with alarms or cron
jobs or something, but it's probably not a good idea.

If you tune your configuration to avoid leaving large numbers of servers
idle, you should not have problems with unused connections. Also, make sure
you are using a front-end proxy of some kind and not serving static HTTP
requests from your mod_perl server.

If your problem is that you need more active connections than your server
can handle, you could look at DBD::Gofer:

- Perrin

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM, Xinhuan Zheng <>

>  Your understanding is correct. It’s what I am looking for. However, due
> to the apache forking child nature, I don’t feel comfortable using SIGALARM.
>  We use Apache::DBI. I would prefer having enhancement in this module.
> Currently the module is implementing apache process wide global cache for
> db connections, which we already use. But one missing piece in this module
> is to handle the TTL (time-to-live) for a cached db connection.  If TTL
> were implemented, the module would have to disconnect from db connection
> after a pre-defined timeout so the oracle server process could be shut down
> more gracefully. Would it be possible to implement that? Or is it too hard
> to implement?
>  - xinhuan
>   From: Paul Silevitch <>
> Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM
> To: Xinhuan Zheng <>, modperl <
> Subject: Re: Disconnect database connection after idle timeout
>   I don't fully understand your need here.  I'm going to give my best.
>  You could set an alarm in the cleanup handler that calls the disconnect
> after a specified amount of time.  If a new request comes in, you could
> cancel the alarm in a postreadrequest handler (or something early in the
> cycle).  To cover the race condition where the disconnect happens right
> before the cancel, you could check to make sure the database connection is
> active right after the cancel is called.
>  HTH,
> Paul
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM, Xinhuan Zheng <>
> wrote:
>>  Hello,
>>  I am having a database connection management question. Our
>> apache+mod_perl application initiates a database connection request when it
>> needs to then do data processing. Afterwards, if there is no more requests
>> coming to this apache process, the database connection basically will be
>> sitting there in idle state for quite a while until the OS TCP/IP idle
>> timeout has reached. At that point the database would send a message into
>> its alert log, telling that a connection timeout has occurred and the
>> server process will be cleaned. I would like to figure out if mod_perl
>> application can implement keep-alive timeout mechanism. The mod_perl would
>> maintain the database connection after it finishes some processing until an
>> idle timeout defined in the application has reached, for example, 5
>> minutes. Then the mod_perl would initiate a database disconnection request
>> so the server process can be cleaned more gracefully. We are using Oracle
>> 11g database. I knew in 11G oracle has implemented the connection pooling.
>> I would think the oracle side connection pooling would be the server side
>> maintaining the connection idle timeout. Would it be possible on the client
>> side the mod_perl implement something like that? I just don’t know which
>> side is more appropriate and how on the client side it can implement
>> something like that.
>>  Thanks,
>> - xinhuan

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