Comment 17 for bug 316441

Chris Fryer (c-j-fryer) wrote :

I had a similar issue to Phil. A web server was generating PHP sessions faster than they were being deleted by the cron job. This caused the disk on which /var/lib/php5 was located to run out of inodes, and thence to a loss of service.

It is caused by this upstream workaround, which is poor:

The latest version of the cron job that does PHP session garbage collection is here:;a=blob;f=debian/php5-common.php5.cron.d;hb=HEAD

It would probably be a good idea to backport to this LTS release, because it fixes Phil's issue, among other security concerns.