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Apache – No space left on device / Failed to create proxy Mutex

Posted by Sriram Sanka on August 10, 2018

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Restarting  Apache in one of the Servers failed with “No Space left on the Device ” Error and we have enough space in all available partitions.

This is something to deal with Server Kernel semaphores.

“On Linux, A semaphore is a System V IPC object that is used to control utilization of a particular process. Refer

Semaphores are a shareable resource that take on a non-negative integer value. They are manipulated by the P (wait) and V (signal) functions, which decrement and increment the semaphore, respectively. When a process needs a resource, a “wait” is issued and the semaphore is decremented. When the semaphore contains a value of zero, the resources are not available and the calling process spins or blocks (as appropriate) until resources are available. When a process releases a resource controlled by a semaphore, it increments the semaphore and the waiting processes are notified.”

The system does n`t have actual resource available to serve the request, so either we need to configure the Kernel Semaphores or clear the Old entries to get it back.


SEMMSL      maximum number of semaphores per array
SEMMNS     maximum semaphores system-wide
SEMOPM     maximum operations per semop call
SEMMNI      maximum arrays

[root@r12 ~]# cat /etc/sysctl.conf |grep kernel.sem
kernel.sem = 256 32000 100 142
[root@r12 ~]#

[root@r12 ~]# cat /proc/sys/kernel/sem
256 32000 100 142
[root@r12 ~]#

[root@r12 ~]# ipcs -l | awk ‘FNR>=7 && FNR<=15’

—— Semaphore Limits ——–
max number of arrays = 142
max semaphores per array = 256
max semaphores system wide = 32000
max ops per semop call = 100
semaphore max value = 32767

—— Messages: Limits ——–
[root@r12 ~]#

[root@r12 ~]# ipcs -ls

—— Semaphore Limits ——–
max number of arrays = 142
max semaphores per array = 256
max semaphores system wide = 32000
max ops per semop call = 100
semaphore max value = 32767

To Clear ,  we can execute the following

ipcs | grep apache | awk ‘{print $2}’ > sem.txt
for i in `cat sem.txt`; do { ipcrm -s $i; }; done;

For Automating the removal of apache semaphores with ipcs/ipcrm, Please refer

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