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:

http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=461755#20

The latest version of the cron job that does PHP session garbage collection is here:

http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=pkg-php/php.git;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.