I am running Arch linux with systemd, nginx, and php with php-fpm. I am trying (and failing) to configure memcached to store sessions using a unix socket. I have memcached installed and active, however, I am unable to disable networking. I added the following line to /etc/conf.d/memcached

MEMCACHED_ARGS="-s unix:///tmp/memcached.sock -a 666"

I also tried:

MEMCACHED_ARGS="-s /tmp/memcached.sock -a 666"
MEMCACHED_ARGS="-s unix:/tmp/memcached.sock -a 666"

when I restart memcached I always get:

memcached.service - Memcached Daemon
          Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/memcached.service; enabled)
          Active: active (running) since Sat 2013-01-19 17:41:15 PST; 5min ago
        Main PID: 773 (memcached)
          CGroup: name=systemd:/system/memcached.service
                  └─773 /usr/bin/memcached -l

when I run php script with sessions php error log shows (not surprisingly):

[19-Jan-2013 16:46:45 America/Los_Angeles] PHP Warning:  Unknown: Failed to write session data (memcached). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (unix:/tmp/memcached.sock) in Unknown on line 0

I also installed the php-memcached package but I don't what it does or how to get it going. I uncommented the following line in /etc/php/conf.d/memcached.ini:


but that didn't change anything.

Any insights or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Memcached config.d

A file path is all that's needed for Memcached's unix socket.

MEMCACHED_ARGS="-s /tmp/memcached.sock -a 666"

You can confirm that Memcached is operating normally by running the stats command through the unix socket.

bash $> echo stats | nc -U /tmp/memcached.sock
# returns list of server statistics

Configure PHP's session to use Memcached

Edit php.ini, or /etc/php/conf.d/memcached.ini, and add session support.


Restart services and verify php logs

  • info here is good. Thanks. I also had to put memcached config info into service file because config file wasn't getting read. Furthermore I had to install php-memcached package per pontikis.net/blog/install-memcached-php-archlinux – laertiades Nov 3 '13 at 19:00
  • Instead of making the file world-writable, you could also run memcached as the web server user (if possible). – Josh Feb 14 '14 at 2:51

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