Okay, it's a long story, so sit tight.

First, I cannot disable compiler for some reason. I click disable and it refreshes, saying Enabled still. So I used the command line and disabled it, and got the return prompt of

php compiler.php -- state
Compiler Status:          Disabled

But, if I refresh the back-end, it still reads as Enabled

None of my changes are taking effect due to this, and I am at a loss as to where to go from here

I have even tried recompiling from the command line, it says it runs, but same issue, my changes don't actually show in the front-end of the site

Compiler Status:          Enabled
Compilation State:        Compiled
Collected Files Count:    7416
Compiled Scopes Count:    4

If I attempt to recompile from the back-end, it locks up the site and both front and back ends are unable to be accessed


People have claimed this is a duplicate of the "compiler always disabled" thread found here, but my config file does not seem to be the issue

contents of /includes/config.php here:


Even with the 2 lines commented out, compiler still stays Enabled, and disabling it just adds another hash to the line for compiler_include_path (I had 3 hashes before deleting them and trying again.), and if there aren't lines commented, it will properly add a hash to the line in question, but still stay Enabled. So again, the problem does not seem to be with Magento updating this line of code.

--Edit 2--

Came in today and saw that the compiler was disabled, unsure why, not upset about it, but it came with an error in the code I was updating, and now the changes in the code won't take... it is like the server is taking a few days to respond to file changes for some reason

  • go to includes/config.php and comment both lines: define('COMPILER_INCLUDE_PATH', dirname(__FILE__).DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR.'src'); AND define('COMPILER_COLLECT_PATH', dirname(__FILE__).DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR.'stat'); May 10, 2016 at 5:59
  • As stated in edit above, I have tried commenting and uncommenting the specified lines with no luck
    – Kender
    May 13, 2016 at 17:25
  • compiler disabled, afraid to re enable it to test it, see edit 2
    – Kender
    May 19, 2016 at 18:53

1 Answer 1


Okay. I found my problem

APC Cache was enabled on the server, preventing files from updating immediately, hopefully this helps someone

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