Mod_wsgi worker processes segmentation fault (11)

I am having a problem with my django application, which is hosted with apache/mod_wsgi. I added some matplotlib code into the application, and apache worker processes now crashing.

I reduced this problem to the following:

    <li>Without any matplotlib imports application works ok</li> <li>when "import matplotlib" is added anywhere in the application, worker processes die with segfault and users see no reply from server</li> <li>"import matplotlib" works just fine in commandline python interpreter - segfault happens only in apache processes</li> </ul>

    Here is the log entry:

    [Tue May 24 08:29:08 2011] [notice] child pid 17576 exit signal Segmentation fault (11)

    I cannot reproduce problem on other computer. I tried to remove (rm site-packages/matplotli*) and install different versions of matplotlib (0.99.3, 1.0.0, 1.0.1) I tried to install all modules in virtualenv and point to virtualenv from my .wsgi script.

    I tried this: Error: child pid 6695 exit signal Segmentation fault (11) I read http://code.google.com/p/modwsgi/wiki/ as well.

    Any pointers on how to debug/workaround this issue will be much appreciated.

    (I am even ready to move to any other server (paste/cherrypy + apache mod_proxy, etc.) to eliminate the problem.)

    Here are my apache settings:

    <strong>/usr/sbin/httpd -V</strong>

    Server version: Apache/2.2.15 (Unix) Server built: Apr 10 2010 11:21:07 Server's Module Magic Number: 20051115:24 Server loaded: APR 1.3.9, APR-Util 1.3.10 Compiled using: APR 1.3.9, APR-Util 1.3.9 Architecture: 32-bit Server MPM: Prefork threaded: no forked: yes (variable process count) Server compiled with.... -D APACHE_MPM_DIR="server/mpm/prefork" -D APR_HAS_SENDFILE -D APR_HAS_MMAP -D APR_HAVE_IPV6 (IPv4-mapped addresses enabled) -D APR_USE_SYSVSEM_SERIALIZE -D APR_USE_PTHREAD_SERIALIZE -D SINGLE_LISTEN_UNSERIALIZED_ACCEPT -D APR_HAS_OTHER_CHILD -D AP_HAVE_RELIABLE_PIPED_LOGS -D DYNAMIC_MODULE_LIMIT=128 -D HTTPD_ROOT="/etc/httpd" -D SUEXEC_BIN="/usr/sbin/suexec" -D DEFAULT_PIDLOG="logs/httpd.pid" -D DEFAULT_SCOREBOARD="logs/apache_runtime_status" -D DEFAULT_LOCKFILE="logs/accept.lock" -D DEFAULT_ERRORLOG="logs/error_log" -D AP_TYPES_CONFIG_FILE="conf/mime.types" -D SERVER_CONFIG_FILE="conf/httpd.conf"

    <strong>/usr/sbin/httpd -l</strong>

    Compiled in modules: core.c prefork.c http_core.c mod_so.c

    <strong>/usr/sbin/httpd -M</strong>

    Loaded Modules: core_module (static) mpm_prefork_module (static) http_module (static) so_module (static) auth_basic_module (shared) auth_digest_module (shared) authn_file_module (shared) authn_alias_module (shared) authn_anon_module (shared) authn_dbm_module (shared) authn_default_module (shared) authz_host_module (shared) authz_user_module (shared) authz_owner_module (shared) authz_groupfile_module (shared) authz_dbm_module (shared) authz_default_module (shared) ldap_module (shared) authnz_ldap_module (shared) include_module (shared) log_config_module (shared) logio_module (shared) env_module (shared) ext_filter_module (shared) mime_magic_module (shared) expires_module (shared) deflate_module (shared) headers_module (shared) usertrack_module (shared) setenvif_module (shared) mime_module (shared) dav_module (shared) status_module (shared) autoindex_module (shared) info_module (shared) dav_fs_module (shared) vhost_alias_module (shared) negotiation_module (shared) dir_module (shared) actions_module (shared) speling_module (shared) userdir_module (shared) alias_module (shared) rewrite_module (shared) wsgi_module (shared) ssl_module (shared) Syntax OK

    <strong>Apache config</strong>

    <VirtualHost *:443> ServerName somesite.com DocumentRoot "/somedir" WSGIApplicationGroup %{GLOBAL} WSGIScriptAlias / /somedir/production.wsgi <..> </VirtualHost>


    In the wiki you said you read, you should have found:


    As a side note, it is recommended you do not use prefork/embedded mode. User mod_wsgi daemon mode if you are forced to use prefork MPM. Read:


    for some of the reasons why.

    Other people have got matplotlib working with mod_wsgi, so not obvious straight away what the issue is.


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