Once started, is there any way to cancel the Media Synchronization?

I have a very large collection of files in the database and have again run out of disk space; Magento will happily continue creating 0kb files in the media folder until it has finished.

  • Is there such a thing as Media Synchronization built in Magento that I'm not aware of? (other than the media/get.php file) O_o
    – Erfan
    Apr 9, 2015 at 2:05
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    Via admin: System > Configuration > System > Storage Configuration for Media Apr 9, 2015 at 2:11

2 Answers 2


There is no way to interrupt the synchronization process without killing the PHP process.

Depending on your OS and web server, you can find PHP processes with a command like

ps u -C php

then figure out which process it is based on the START time and call

kill 123

with 123 being the PID of the process found in the previous output.


In the end I just restarted the apache server.

I'm not sure what options there would be for people on a shared server.

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