[php-maint] Bug#589386: Bug#589386: libapache2-mod-php5 should probably restart instead of force-reload in postinst
sf at debian.org
Sun Aug 29 13:23:34 UTC 2010
On Sunday 18 July 2010, you wrote:
> I don't think this should be addressed on php5's side. The bug,
> IMO, is somewhere in apache (at whatever level you may want to
> address it: the init script, apache2ctl, or apache2) as it appears
> that it attempts to deliver a signal when the signal handler may
> not be set.
> Forcing a restart causes service interruptions, which I'm not very
> keen on.
This is not fixable on apache side. During normal startup, apache2
will parse the configuration and load the modules twice. To save some
work, mod_php does not initialize itself until it is loaded the second
time. So if apache2 is started without mod_php loaded, and then
mod_php is loaded with a graceful reload mod_php thinks it is still in
the startup phase and does not initialize itself. After a second
graceful reload, mod_php initializes itself and works ok.
So the simple remedy is that you have to do a hard restart when mod-
php is installed for the first time. When libapache2-mod-php5 is
upgraded, a graceful reload is sufficient. IMHO this change should go
In the long run, mod_php should probably be fixed so that it
initializes itself if it is loaded for the first time during a
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