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apache_child_terminate

(PHP 4 >= 4.0.5, PHP 5, PHP 7, PHP 8)

apache_child_terminateTerminate apache process after this request

Description

apache_child_terminate ( ) : void

apache_child_terminate() will register the Apache process executing the current PHP request for termination once execution of PHP code is completed. It may be used to terminate a process after a script with high memory consumption has been run as memory will usually only be freed internally but not given back to the operating system.

Works in the Apache, and FastCGI webservers.

Return Values

No value is returned.

Notes

Note: This function is not implemented on Windows platforms.

See Also

  • exit() - Output a message and terminate the current script

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Stephan Ferraro
10 years ago
I found out a solution for Apache 2. However this works only without threads and only on POSIX compatible OS systems (e.g. Linux, OpenSolaris...).

<?php

// Terminate Apache 2 child process after request has been
// done by sending a SIGWINCH POSIX signal (28).
function kill_on_exit() {
posix_kill( getmypid(), 28 );
}

register_shutdown_function( 'kill_on_exit' );

?>
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admin at hostultra dot com
13 years ago
this code will add apache_child_terminate() function if it is not already present.

if (!function_exists("apache_child_terminate")){
function apache_child_terminate(){
register_shutdown_function("killonexit");
}

function killonexit(){
@exec("kill ".getmypid());
}
}
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daniele_dll at yahoo dot it
13 years ago
In response to sam at liddicott dot com:

it isin't so simple! You should never kill an apache process because it is automatically freed when apache need!

And, if you use apache worker or thread based mpm you risk to kill the entire process!

result: DO NOT USE THIS FUNCTION!
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louis at ewens dot com
13 years ago
Apache child processes are greedy. If they get bloated by a PHP application that requires a lot of memory, they stay that way. The memory is never given back to the OS until that child dies.

You could use MaxRequestsPerChild in Apache to kill all child processes automatically after a certain number of connections. Or you can use apache_child_terminate to kill the child after your memory intensive functions.

Note: apache_child_terminate is not available in Apache 2.0 handler.
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