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PHP memory limit issue


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30 April 2009 at 12:53pm Community Member, 4 Posts

I know the topic has been beatin' like a dead horse, but I've run into an problem on a clients site. The failure happens when trying to access the CMS (admin section). Here's the error from the Apache error.log:

[Wed Apr 29 17:17:43 2009] [error] [client] PHP Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 16252928) (tried to allocate 46 bytes) in /usr/local/www/vhosts/ on line 70

Now, the hosting provider claims the PHP memory limit is set to 128M. As a check I made phpinfo() call in a script and phpinfo states the memory_limit is set to 128M. From the error, though, it looks like PHP is failing at around 16M.

Any ideas?


30 April 2009 at 2:36pm Community Member, 70 Posts

See if you can set it explicitly in the .htaccess with this line:
php_value memory_limit 128M

- may or may not work depending on the hosting provider's settings


30 April 2009 at 3:34pm Community Member, 4 Posts

Thanks rbquirke,

Yeah, I've tried explicitly set the memory limit to 128M in both .htaccess and sapphire/main.php but it hasn't helped.


30 April 2009 at 10:03pm Community Member, 604 Posts

That's a weird one. I suppose you've cleared your browser cache?

Who's the host?


1 May 2009 at 4:41am Community Member, 4 Posts

Yep, tried that too. I only thing I can come up with is that it may be and issue with Apache and the RLimitMEM directive being set to 16 megs. I think PHP is running under FastCGI (I'm not sure yet, I haven't heard back from the hosting provider) and if so I believe that the memory limit set by RLimitMEM kicks in and will override any value set in php.ini or elsewhere.

The hosting provider is just a local one here in town. We have two other clients running SS on their hosts without any issues.