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[SOLVED] [Warning] set_time_limit() [function.set-time-limit]: Cannot set time limit due to system policy


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1 February 2010 at 11:50am (Last edited: 2 February 2010 12:13pm), Community Member, 5 Posts

My settings is
php 5.2.12
silverstripe 2.3.5
Apache server
Linux srv38 2.6.18-6-vserver-amd64

I get this warning/error :
when I do dev/build
when I try to view an uploaded image in "files view"
[Warning] set_time_limit() [function.set-time-limit]: Cannot set time limit due to system policy


318 * @param $timeLimit The time limit in seconds. If omitted, no time limit will be set.
319 */
320 function increase_time_limit_to($timeLimit = null) {
321    if(!ini_get('safe_mode')) {
322       if(!$timeLimit) {
323          set_time_limit(0);
324       } else {
325          $currTimeLimit = ini_get('max_execution_time');
326          if($currTimeLimit && $currTimeLimit < $timeLimit) {
327             set_time_limit($timeLimit);
328          }
329       }
330    }
332 }

Anyone got an idea what happens - made a local install on my machine which do not act like this - so I guess it a server setting - but I do not know where too look.

Thanks in advance


1 February 2010 at 4:45pm Community Member, 45 Posts

Hi hwi,

Have a quick look at this post;

The issue that he is seeing is the same.

Basically, the set_time_limit function is disabled in php.ini.

Hope that helps.



2 February 2010 at 1:06am (Last edited: 2 February 2010 12:15pm), Community Member, 5 Posts

Hi Owen

Thanks for your headsup on this issue. I will try my hosting company and see if they can set the settings for me.

Thanks again now I know what to ask for.

EDIT UPDATE :::::::::::::::::::::::::

Thanks Owen it ended up that the host did not support set_time on their server. So I guess its time for a new hosting company.

Thanks for your time


25 March 2010 at 10:38am Community Member, 1 Post

is there no other way around this problem with set_time_limit than to change hosting company?
My hosting company is'nt keen on any changes in the php.ini file, so i guess it's a pretty common case.
It seems a bit narrow-minded of silverstripe not to offer a way around it.

I'm totaly new on silverstripe and just testing it out for fun, so i guess the big question from me is as following:
Is this warning message any thing to take notis of in the bigger picture?

//John, the optimist


11 June 2010 at 8:51am (Last edited: 11 June 2010 8:52am), Community Member, 1 Post

I have the same problem, can anybody advice me on how to solve this issue. My Host can not change that for me, I run this ini_get('max_execution_time') only 30second is set. I see the silverstripe function try to increase to 600second in the function. Any idea?

Matty Balaam

23 June 2010 at 1:04am Community Member, 69 Posts

I've managed to get around this problem on Fasthosts and Silverstripe 2.4 by amending the bottom of sapphire/core/core.php to

* Increase the time limit of this script. By default, the time will
be unlimited.
* @param $timeLimit The time limit in seconds. If omitted, no time
limit will be set.
function increase_time_limit_to($timeLimit = null) {
if(!ini_get('safe_mode')) {
if(!$timeLimit) {
} else {
$currTimeLimit = ini_get('max_execution_time');
if($currTimeLimit && $currTimeLimit < $timeLimit) {


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