Ubuntu and recent problems related to PHP

Recently I run into small problems related to PHP.

Problem A - sqlite.so

First one was PHP warning:

PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/usr/lib/php5/20090626/sqlite.so' - /usr/lib/php5/20090626/sqlite.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory in Unknown on line 0

PHP tried to load sqlite.so from /etc/php5/conf.d/sqlite.ini (php5-sqlite package).

$ dpkg -L php5-sqlite

As suspected there was sqlite3.so file.

$ ls /usr/lib/php5/20090626/
curl.so  gd.so  mysqli.so  mysql.so  pdo_mysql.so  pdo.so  pdo_sqlite.so  sqlite3.so

To solve this problem just delete /etc/php5/conf.d/sqlite.ini file.

$ sudo rm /etc/php5/conf.d/sqlite.ini

Problem B - fuser process

Second problem was more serious. Thousands of fuser zombie processes and funny CPU usage.

Hopefully there is a bug report #876387 so for solution look at fourth comment. Don't forget to identify and kill already running find processes.

In short this problem can be quickly recognized by thousands of fuser zombie processes:

$ ps ax | awk '{if ($3=="Z" && $5~/fuser/) s++}; END {print s}'

It was created by php cron job /etc/cron.d/php5 (php5-common package):

$ dpkg -S /etc/cron.d/php5 
php5-common: /etc/cron.d/php5

Source of this problem in /etc/cron.d/php5 file:

09,39 * * * * root [ -x /usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime ] && [ -d /var/lib/php5 ] && find /var/lib/php5/ -depth -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type f -cmin +$(/usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime) ! -execdir fuser -s {} 2>/dev/null \; -delete

To solve it replace this line with one given below:

09,39 * * * * root [ -x /usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime ] && [ -d /var/lib/php5 ] && find /var/lib/php5/ -depth -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type f -cmin +$(/usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime) -delete

Don't forget to kill running find processes:

# ps ax | grep "find /var/lib/php" | grep fuser | awk '{print $1}' | xargs kill
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