The past week I noticed errors and sometimes stalling performance of my PHP-applications. After some research I realized that the error might be related to some Linux distributions using only a small shared memory size which might cause APC to malfunction.
Changing Shared Memory Segment Size
The fix is rather easy, I have increased the shared memory size to the same value used by APC. On CentOS you can do set the by adding this to your “/etc/sysctl.conf”:
# Controls the maximum shared segment size, in bytes kernel.shmmax = 268435456
and make sure you set the same size in “/etc/php.d/apc.ini”
extension = apc.so apc.enabled = 1 apc.shm_size = 256 apc.include_once_override = 1 apc.shm_segments=1 apc.ttl=3600 apc.user_ttl=3600 Selective caching
If you cannot change the shared memory segment size on your server then you should set APC nevertheless to the same value that “cat /proc/sys/kernel/shmmax” returns and increase the number of apc.shm_segments.
Everything has been working nice since the changes have been applied.
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