Fast CGI (spawn-fcgi / php-cgi) crashes/dies/hangs

Michael Shadle mike503 at
Wed Dec 9 01:51:51 MSK 2009

php-fpm handles millions of requests a day for me without an issue.
Apache cannot handle the load on the same hardware.

Go figure.

FCGI for PHP is not only stable but time tested as well. You'll note
that Zeus, lighttpd, nginx, almost every webserver with a user base
sans litespeed and Apache can *only* use PHP over fastcgi.

PHP-FPM isn't for everyone but soon can be. I gave my (as Norsek
pointed out useless) help w/ spawn-fcgi questions. I  understand it's
not an option for some but calling PHP over FCGI unstable is a joke :)

On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 2:31 PM, nerdgrind <nginx-forum at> wrote:
> Mike,
> I know you're a superfan of php-fpm, and fcgi in particular, but some of us have very high traffic blogs that require 100% uptime if possible, which Apache can provide. php-fpm, spawn-fcgi, and php-fcgi are for small blogs that can afford to experiment, and aren't going to lose money when fcgi crashes or hangs.
> Apache is rock solid when handling PHP, and this is a fact. fcgi has stability issues even when the php-fpm patch is installed.
> I understand your enthusiasm, but until you're blog is getting millions of visitors each month you cannot really test the stability of php-fpm on your production server.
> What's boggles my mind is hearing so many people recommend any flavor fcgi for PHP despite all the instability, crashing, and hanging issues that continue to be unresolved, when nearly every server comes with Apache which handles PHP in a stable and reliable manner right out of the box.
> Posted at Nginx Forum:,28783,29041#msg-29041
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