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Last post Mar 06, 2015 05:03 PM by DropPhone

  • Valid session.save_path for Memcached

    Feb 12, 2015 06:47 AM|DiamondEagle|LINK

    I'm running the Moodle LMS on a F5 load-balanced Windows Server 2008 R2, IIS 7.5 and PHP NTS environment (two Windows VM's). Using the Moodle database for user session management has become a bit of a problem (I'm experiencing some session lock problems during busy times) so I'm investigating the recommended way to handle session management for large Moodle sites: Memcached.

    I've installed the Memcached service on the Moodle test server and it seems to be running ok. However, when I run the PHP Manager in IIS it gives me a "Not optimal PHP configuration detected" message. The "problem" PHP setting is 'session.save_path'.

    My php.ini has the following session.save_path value:

    session.save_path = "tcp://"

    but the Configuration Recommendations screen in the PHP Manager tells me that "the PHP directive 'session.save_path' uses a non-existent directory." That's probably because "tcp://" is not a an absolute path to a folder somewhere on the Windows file system.

    The PHP Manager recommends that I use 'C:\Windows\Temp', but doing that will break the Memcached setup.

    So, how do I get the PHP Manager to recognise Memcached as a valid session caching manager?

    The "You-Shouldn't-Be-Running-PHP-On-Windows-And-IIS" crowd is starting to give me the "I told you so..." look and I'd really like to prove them wrong!

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    Re: Valid session.save_path for Memcached

    Mar 06, 2015 05:03 PM|DropPhone|LINK

    [I'm not an expert on memcached, nor have I ever set it up]

    Looking at the documentation, it looks like you have to update your php.ini to set the session.save_handler = memcached, and then set the session.save_path = <comma delimited list of host & port>


    So, in your case:

    session.save_handler = memcached
    session.save_path =

    Hope this helps!