Fedora 25 + PHP 7 + Apache 2.4.23

Hello, after I change session.save_path in php.ini and restart apache, I can successfully verify that it's modified with:

$ php -i | grep session.save_path

However, in the html/php pages themselves, the sessions are not written so the session.save_path I set, but they're stubbornly written to /var/lib/php/session/. Even setting the value in .htaccess isn't working:

php_value session.save_path "/mycustom/path/folder"

The only working solution that can override the default /var/lib/php/session/ is to set the value in the php file itself:


Any ideas?

1 Answer 1

  1. create phpinfo() file in dir with this php file.
  2. open it via browser, and find list of applied ini-files.
  3. check all of these files to contain session.save_path override
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    Ah, that trick opened my eye on a little detail. In fact, phpinfo() was indeed showing that session.save_path had a local value of /var/lib/php/session and a master value of /var/www/html/session (my override in php.ini). I read that local values override master values stackoverflow.com/questions/19520744/…, so I checked all the php.d files and none had any overrides. BUT, running a grep -R "session.save_path" /etc/httpd and bingo, the override was coming from /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf.
    – synkro
    Dec 14, 2016 at 18:59
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    Looks like the server I was working on runs php-fpm which is a separate service running php and needs to be restarted (or reloaded) for ini changes to take effect in apache.
    – gillytech
    Feb 7, 2020 at 0:49

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