Apache stuckage

Thursday, 24. 11. 2005  –  Category: all, sw

  • mod_status shows loads of weird lines, eg:
    29-1  -  0/0/1  .   0.00  10322  28  0.0  0.00  0.00   x.y.z.a  (unavailable)  GET /reports/latest.html HTTP/1.0
    30-1  -  0/0/1  .   0.00  10312  34  0.0  0.00  0.00   x.y.z.a  (unavailable)  GET /cgi-bin/certificate.cgi/732.gif HTTP/1.1 
  • eventually the number of these reaches MaxClients, wedging the server
  • hung process backtrace like this:
    (gdb) bt
    #0  0x28129b0f in write () from /lib/libc.so.5
    #1  0x281babb7 in config_log_transaction () from /usr/local/libexec/apache/mod_log_config.so
    #2  0x281bac24 in multi_log_transaction () from /usr/local/libexec/apache/mod_log_config.so
    #3  0x08051e9e in run_method ()
    #4  0x08051f3e in ap_log_transaction ()
    #5  0x080628e6 in ap_process_request ()
    #6  0x0805b6ca in child_main ()
    #7  0x0805b8e5 in make_child ()
    #8  0x0805bb9b in perform_idle_server_maintenance ()
    #9  0x0805c09c in standalone_main ()
    #10 0x0805c613 in main ()    

Which leads me to this nugget one of the <VirtualHost> blocks:

CustomLog | /dev/null  

Classy! It’s stranger still since it’s next to a CustomLog directive that does indeed log to disk

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