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From Aram Mirzadeh <>
Subject WWW Form Bug Report: "Apache 1.0.3 httpd dies randomly" on Linux
Date Thu, 18 Apr 1996 21:06:21 GMT

No ack. 

>Date: Thu Apr 18 11:58:14 1996
>Subject: WWW Form Bug Report: "Apache 1.0.3 httpd dies randomly" on Linux
>Operating system: Linux, version: 
>Extra Modules used: 
>URL exhibiting problem: 
>This problem has been posted several times to
>, but I thought you might be
>interested as well.
>We are running Apache-SSL 1.0.3 + SSLeay 0.5.1b
>(called Stronghold by  Several people have
>reported that the _httpd_ process dies at random
>times.  I have experienced this 3 times, ranging
>from 8 hours to 15 days after the process was 
>All of the CHILDREN httpd processes die off, but 
>the PARENT httpd process still runs.  However, it
>won't fork off any new children (won't accept any
>connections), and a HUP doesn't cut it either.  I
>have to KILL it and then start it again.
>There are no indications in the error log as to the
>cause, nor can I find any correlation between what
>is running on the server and when httpd dies.
>I am running Linux 1.2.13 on a Pentium 133MHz with
>32MB of memory.  I have no other big processes 
>running other than the web server.   Although I
>am running both httpd and httpsd (and the httpsd
>continues to function normally, even after the 
>httpd children have died), others have reported
>the same problem and they were NOT running httpd.
>I realize how difficult it is to find/debug/fix 
>such a random problem, so I have resorted to a 
>crontab entry which checks for multiple httpd
>processes and kills and restarts it if it finds 
>less than 2 of them running.
Aram W. Mirzadeh, MIS Manager, Qosina Corporation,
Apache httpd server team

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