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Hi, all!

Have a PHP routine that generates emails using SwiftMailer.  It works fine until I try to add large attachments, or a number of smaller attachments, that total around 3 meg.  Then it times out with a FastCGI error.  Here is the error:

FastCGI Error
The FastCGI Handler was unable to process the request.
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Error Details:
•      The FastCGI process exceeded configured activity timeout
•      Error Number: 258 (0x80070102).
•      Error Description: The wait operation timed out.
HTTP Error 500 - Server Error.
Internet Information Services (IIS)


I searched here and found an accepted solution (a link to MS Solutions Center) which says to edit the fcgiext.ini file, but I've done searches on the server and they did not locate that file.  Where is it supposed to be?

One more time, just for posterity, can someone detail for me and others using Experts Exchange just exactly what needs to be done on the server (in PHP, MySQL and/or other server files) to prevent timeouts.  Would be very helpful if normal file locations were included.

Also, should I try to use PHP code on the page to adjust the timeout for these time-consuming operations then change it back or just set it at whatever the max time I think it may require and leave it there.  

We have a dedicated server, so my web host will do just about anything we want.  I just need to be able to tell them what, specifically, they need to do.

If you need more info (php.ini, other settings) just let me know.

Thanks!
Bruce
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you'll have to augment the timeout option of your php cgi settings in php.ini. If the file is large, it takes more time to be attached to the email and if it takes longer than the timeout value in your php.ini file the server will stop the operation and give an 500 error.

This php documentation explains where to make the php cgi settings for iis, too:
http://php.net/manual/de/install.windows.iis7.php


Or the timeout value is specified somewhere in your iis settings like so:

<system.webServer>
  <fastCgi>
    <application fullPath="C:\php\php-cgi.exe" activityTimeout="600">
      <environmentVariables>
      </environmentVariables>
    </application>
  </fastCgi>
</system.webServer> 

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Make the activityTimeout value bigger to avoid timeout errors on email attachments.
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Roads_Roads & McNute:
Thanks for replying!  Was pulled off of this project last week to do something else, but am back on now.  Have sent to host.  Should hear back shortly.
Bruce
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