500 Internal Server Error when trying to upload 98 MB file to Commons
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I'm repeatedly getting an internal server error (and a blank page) when trying to upload a large (but still < 100 MiB) file to Commons. Here are the request and headers from one attempt, courtesy of Firebug:


Host: commons.wikimedia.org
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/2009042523 Ubuntu/9.04 (jaunty) Firefox/3.0.10
Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
Referer: http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Upload&uselang=fromgov
Cookie: <deleted>


Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2009 23:02:39 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5wm1
Cache-Control: private, s-maxage=0, max-age=0, must-revalidate
Content-Encoding: gzip
Vary: Accept-Encoding
X-Vary-Options: Accept-Encoding;list-contains=gzip
Content-Length: 20
Content-Type: text/html
X-Cache: MISS from sq27.wikimedia.org, MISS from knsq26.knams.wikimedia.org, MISS from knsq29.knams.wikimedia.org
X-Cache-Lookup: MISS from sq27.wikimedia.org:3128, MISS from knsq26.knams.wikimedia.org:3128, MISS from knsq29.knams.wikimedia.org:80
Via: 1.0 sq27.wikimedia.org:3128 (squid/2.7.STABLE6), 1.0 knsq26.knams.wikimedia.org:3128 (squid/2.7.STABLE6), 1.0 knsq29.knams.wikimedia.org:80 (squid/2.7.STABLE6)
Connection: close

While I can't be sure of what's causing this, I'd suspect it may be because the PHP config variables post_max_size and memory_limit are set to exactly 100 MB in Wikimedia's php.ini file (which is why I'm filing this as a Wikimedia bug). Thus, my guess would be that MediaWiki is hitting the 100 MB memory limit, causing PHP to abort execution.

According to PHP documentation, memory_limit should exceed post_max_size, which in turn should exceed max_upload_size. If we do want to support uploading files of up to 100 MB, I'd suggest bumping post_max_size slightly to, say, 101 MB and memory_limit up to, say, 120 MB to account for general overhead.

BTW, are we keeping any error logs that could be used to confirm the cause of this error?

Version: unspecified
Severity: normal
URL: http://toolserver.org/~vyznev/temp/President_Obama_Speaks_to_the_Muslim_World_from_Cairo,_Egypt.ogv


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Ps. I've put the file I've been trying to upload temporarily on the toolserver, just in case it might help: see URL above.

Reedy added a comment.Dec 8 2011, 6:03 PM

Is this any better with stashed images etc?

Assuming this to work now. Upload wizard made it easier and safer to upload big files to commons.

Bug was opened 3 years ago and is unlikely to get any feedback, so I am closing it.

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