Bug 39216 - mod_disk_cache trying to rename locked file, decreasing performance
Summary: mod_disk_cache trying to rename locked file, decreasing performance
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: mod_cache_disk / mod_disk_cache (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2-HEAD
Hardware: All Windows Server 2003
: P2 major (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate, PatchAvailable
Depends on:
Reported: 2006-04-05 14:46 UTC by Fr
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:09 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Patch which close opened files (unlock) before renaming (4.15 KB, patch)
2008-04-26 05:12 UTC, pduveau
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Description Fr 2006-04-05 14:46:27 UTC
mod_disk_cache cannot update cache for expired content (win32)

There is a problem with using mod_disk_cache in conjonction of mod_proxy.

When a file is expired in the cache, mod_disk_cache doesn't handle the backend
update correctly.

This leads to 2 differents problems:

1) The cache won't never been updated and you're loosing benefits of caching.
2) It leaves a tempfile in CacheRoot dir, making the CacheRoot dir bigger than

Messages that are displayed in error.log:
[Wed Mar 29 10:41:40 2006] [error] (OS 5)Accès refusé.  : disk_cache: rename
tempfile to hdrsfile failed: C:/apache_cache/aptmpcBQArf ->

Steps to reproduce:


#LogLevel warn
Listen 80

LoadModule authz_host_module modules/mod_authz_host.so
LoadModule cache_module modules/mod_cache.so
LoadModule disk_cache_module modules/mod_disk_cache.so
LoadModule log_config_module modules/mod_log_config.so
LoadModule proxy_module modules/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/mod_proxy_http.so
LoadModule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so
LoadModule include_module modules/mod_include.so
LoadModule headers_module modules/mod_headers.so
LoadModule setenvif_module modules/mod_setenvif.so
LoadModule unique_id_module modules/mod_unique_id.so

Timeout 300
KeepAlive On
MaxKeepAliveRequests 10000
KeepAliveTimeout 15

<IfModule mpm_winnt.c>
	ThreadsPerChild 250
	MaxRequestsPerChild  0

ProxyVia on
SSLProxyEngine on
SSLSessionCache shm:C:/Apache/2.2.0/logs/ssl_gcache_data(1048576)

ServerRoot "C:/Apache/2.2.0"
DocumentRoot "C:/Apache/2.2.0"
ServerName localhost:80

# On ne doit pas avoir d'éléments variables dans le cache.
Header unset Vary
Header unset Expires
CacheIgnoreHeaders Set-Cookie
CacheIgnoreHeaders RequestID
CacheIgnoreHeaders TimeReq
CacheIgnoreHeaders User-Agent
CacheIgnoreHeaders Accept-Encoding
CacheIgnoreHeaders Warning
CacheIgnoreHeaders Via

# Forcer IE à cacher les éléments statiques.
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.css$"  force-no-vary
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.gif$"  force-no-vary
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.hta$"  force-no-vary
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.htm$"  force-no-vary
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.html$" force-no-vary
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.jpg$"  force-no-vary
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.js$"   force-no-vary
SetEnvIf Request_URI "\.vbs$"  force-no-vary

<Directory />
    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all

<Directory "C:/Apache/2.2.0/htdocs">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.html

<FilesMatch "^\.ht">
    Order allow,deny
    Deny from all

ErrorLog logs/error.log

<IfModule log_config_module>
    LogFormat "%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %>s %b \"%{Referer}i\" \"%{User-Agent}i\""
    LogFormat "%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %>s %b" common

    <IfModule logio_module>
      # You need to enable mod_logio.c to use %I and %O
      LogFormat "%h %l %u %t \"%r\" %>s %b \"%{Referer}i\" \"%{User-Agent}i\" %I
%O" combinedio

    CustomLog logs/access.log common


<IfModule alias_module>
    ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "C:/Apache/2.2.0/cgi-bin/"

<Directory "C:/Apache/2.2.0/cgi-bin">
    AllowOverride None
    Options None
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

DefaultType text/plain

<IfModule mime_module>
    TypesConfig conf/mime.types

    AddType application/x-compress .Z
    AddType application/x-gzip .gz .tgz


EnableMMAP off
EnableSendfile off

<IfModule ssl_module>
	SSLRandomSeed startup builtin
	SSLRandomSeed connect builtin

Listen 81
<VirtualHost *:81>

	RequestHeader set TimeReq "%t"
	RequestHeader set RequestID "%{UNIQUE_ID}e"

	CacheEnable disk /
	CacheMaxExpire 10
	CacheDefaultExpire 10
	CacheLastModifiedFactor 10000000.0 
	CacheRoot "C:/apache_cache"
	CacheDirLength 1
	CacheDirLevels 1

	RewriteEngine On
	RewriteRule ^/(.*)$ http://some.site.com/$1 [P,L]
	ProxyPassReverse / http://some.site.com/
	CustomLog "| 'C:/Apache/2.2.0/bin/rotatelogs.exe' -l 'logs/vhost81_%Y%m%d.log'
86400" common

Then issue this command:

bin\ab.exe -n 10000 -c 1024 -k -d http://some.site.com/some/file.txt

As soon as the file will be expired, you will see the problem.
Comment 1 Paul Querna 2006-06-21 09:08:24 UTC
mod_disk_cache makes several assumptions on how unix file systems operate, and
how it is safe to move files, even if they are open.  Win32 doesn't really
support all of these concepts.  I am not sure if we ever plan to support
mod_disk_cache on win32, at least in the current incarnation. (Patches welcome
of course)
Comment 2 pduveau 2008-04-26 05:12:55 UTC
Created attachment 21858 [details]
Patch which close opened files (unlock) before renaming

Th problem is that the function cache_select (cache_storage.c) makes some return on error after the call to open_entity (provider) without taking care of opened files by this last function.

So to fix this behaviour, the patch add a new function to sub provider which is intended to close potential opened handles. And this function is call before each returns on error.

So, this patch need to act on 3 modules mod_cache, mod_disk_cache and mod_mem_cache. About mod_mem_cache, it needs to add the new function even if it does nothing.
Comment 3 Duane Buss 2009-02-11 14:41:46 UTC
I applied the patch bug found that I still had files being left open.  In addition to the patch in mod_disk_cache.c I made the following changes :
   - set the header and body file handle to null after it's closed in multiple places
   - initialized the two handles to null in open_entity
   - in remove_entity close any open handles.
Comment 4 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:09:18 UTC
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