Apache CPU usage and Memory usage is too high ([warn-phpd] mmap cache can’t open /var/www/../httpdocs too many open files

Apache can be a big memory user. Apache runs a number of ‘servers’ and shares incoming requests among them. The memory used by each server grows, especially when the web page being returned by that server includes PHP or Perl that needs to load in new libraries. It is common for each server process to use as much as 10% of a server’s memory.

If your server is operating in normal mode, but Apache cpu usage and memory usage is too high. You can find below error in /var/log/httpd/error_log file.

[warn-phpd] mmap cache can’t open /var/www/vhosts/example.com/httpdocs too many open files (pid 885428)


It happens when Apache configured PHP_ADMIN_VALUE , open_basedir or safe_mode is set as “ON“. performance of PHP Engine and this behaviour can strongly affect server performance.


You can fixed above error editing below files.

1. Edit php.ini setting with parameter values like as the following:

# vim /etc/php.ini

memory_limit = 96M

2. Add the following line into the /etc/init.d/httpd startup script:

# /etc/init.d/httpd

start() {
#Raise the ulimit
ulimit -n 262144

That’s it.


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