[php-maint] Bug#388808: php5: disabling session.gc_probability prevents garbage collection if alternate session.save_path is used

Oscar Merida oscar at oscarm.org
Fri Sep 22 16:15:46 UTC 2006

Package: php5
Version: 5.1.6-0.dotdeb.2
Severity: minor

If your php script or application uses a different session.save_path without also setting session.gc_probability to non-zero, old sessions will not be 
deleted, since garbage colleciton won't run.

The comments around session.gc_divisor should be amended to make sys admins aware of this.  Something along the lines of:

; This is disabled in the Debian packages, due to the strict permissions
; on /var/lib/php5.  Instead of setting this here, see the cronjob at
; /etc/cron.d/php5, which uses the session.gc_maxlifetime setting below
; If your php scripts use their own session.save_path, either make sure they
; enable garbage collection by setting session.gc_probability or globally
; enable it here.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.16-2-em64t-p4-smp
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages php5 depends on:
ii  libapache2-mod-php5     5.1.6-0.dotdeb.2 PHP 5 scripting language - apache 
ii  php5-common             5.1.6-0.dotdeb.2 Common files for packages built fr

php5 recommends no packages.

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