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From Marc Slemko <>
Subject Re: immortal httpd processes.
Date Sat, 02 May 1998 03:34:57 GMT
Could the connectivity between your NFS client and server be dying?

Are your NFS mounts interruptable and/or soft?  (note that using either
makes NFS unreliable but it is already unreliable)

Are you reading content or anything else from NFS disks?

What sort of box is serving the NFS?

What does ps -elf show the pcoess to be at when it can't be killed?  I
wish Solaris had nice state info to indicate what things are blocked on
like FreeBSD does.  

Does lsof show anything of interest with the process?

If it can't be killed, it must be a kernel issue.  Apache could trigger
it, but no user process should ever be able to do anything to make it

On Fri, 1 May 1998, Michael Douglass wrote:

> On Fri, May 01, 1998 at 10:18:49PM -0500, Michael Douglass said:
> > On Fri, May 01, 1998 at 08:16:44PM -0700, Dean Gaudet said:
> > > Yeah, as marc would say, "nfs locking isn't".  It can easily cause all
> > > sorts of nasties.
> > > 
> > > What about mod_rewrite, do you have a rewrite log on an NFS filesystem?
> > 
> > No, I don't do rewrite logging unless I'm debugging a rule...  But...
> > I do have a fairly fast growing access log file on an NFS file system...
> > I was just boiling it down to a possible NFS problem since NFS problems
> > have their ways of making things most interesting for "normalcy" in general.
> Oh, an idea of how fast it grows is basically in 22 hours 92MB.  So it's
> logging alot of information.
> -- 
> Michael Douglass
> Texas Networking, Inc.
> <msmith> it's's pouring...the old man...
> *** Describe: msmith shuts up now.

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