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Using PageParserPath directive can cause performance problems

Consider the following scenario:

You have a SharePoint 2007 or SharePoint 2010 web application where you have enabled inline server side code using the PageParserPath directive in the web.config file.
You edit more than 15 aspx pages in the folders specified in the VirtualPath attribute of the PageParserPath directives.
The next requests will take significantly longer to be processed

When PageParserPath directive is used in combination with CompilationMode="Always" AllowServerSideScript="true" IncludeSubFolders="true" property values, each page in the in the folders specified in the VirtualPath attribute will get compiled into C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files\root\ as an App_Web_GUID.dll file. Once you edit the aspx page in SharePoint, the file’s last modified date will change and Asp.Net will recompile the page. Asp.Net will restart the application domain after 15 recompilations which will unload all dlls from memory and run garbage collection and release all cached resources. The next request will initialize a new application domain for the web site and start compiling pages and repopulate caches, therefore the request will take more time.

Content deployment or other programmatic modification of aspx pages stored in the content database can also cause changes in the last modified time and eventually an application domain restart due to recompilation limit reached.

Sample PageParserPath directive values which can cause this behavior
<SafeMode MaxControls="200" CallStack="false" DirectFileDependencies="10" TotalFileDependencies="50" AllowPageLevelTrace="false">
 <PageParserPath VirtualPath="/_catalogs/masterpage/*" CompilationMode="Always" AllowServerSideScript="true" IncludeSubFolders="true"/>
 <PageParserPath VirtualPath="/pages/*" CompilationMode="Always" AllowServerSideScript="true" IncludeSubFolders="true"/>
 <PageParserPath VirtualPath="/*" CompilationMode="Always" AllowServerSideScript="true" IncludeSubFolders="true"/>

You can enable logging events into the web servers Application Eventlog using ASP.NET Health Monitoring infrastructure. Edit the web.config file of the site where PageParserPath directive is used. Locate the <system.web> section and add the following lines:
   <add name="Application Events"
       eventName="Application Lifetime Events"
       minInterval="00:01:00" />

Once you edit a page which is in a folder specified in the VirtualPath attribute and its modification date changes you will see an event similar to this in the Application Event Log.

Event code: 1003
Event message: Application compilation is starting.
Event time: 12/22/2011 4:26:12 PM
Event time (UTC): 12/22/2011 10:26:12 PM
Event ID: 6e48fceea1194fcb9f3ff05a4eec3d68
Event sequence: 67
Event occurrence: 3
Event detail code: 0

Once the Event occurrence value exceeds 15, you will see the following event:

Event code: 1001
Event message: Application is starting.
Event time: 12/22/2011 4:33:05 PM
Event time (UTC): 12/22/2011 10:33:05 PM
Event ID: 304b82ca4b764de79d42223fcbd2ac49
Event sequence: 1
Event occurrence: 1
Event detail code: 0

This indicates that the application pool was restarted.

Short-term Solution
As a very short term solution it is possible to increase the default 15 recompilation limit for the Asp.Net engine while the long term solution is implemented.
In order to increase the recompilation limit the numRecompilesBeforeAppRestart has to be added or edited in the compilation element, for example
<compilation debug="false" numRecompilesBeforeAppRestart="50" />

Compilation Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema)
You may receive an exception when you browse a .NET Framework 2.0 ASP.NET Web application

Long-term Solution
Move the server side inline scripts from the pages, page layouts, and master pages into server controls. Deploy these controls using solutions and features and remove the PageParserPath directive.

User Controls and Server Controls in SharePoint
Developing Custom ASP.NET Server Controls
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Article ID: 2659203 - Last Review: 01/10/2012 14:02:00 - Revision: 3.0

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