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From Dean Gaudet <>
Subject Re: Apache restart bug (1.3.7-dev)
Date Wed, 19 May 1999 17:25:31 GMT
truss on the stuck processes would be helpful... 

can you reproduce it at will? 

If so, truss -f the entire thing, including the parent and all the forks
and such... reproduce the problem... then stick the output on some website
and direct us at it.


On Wed, 19 May 1999, Graham Leggett wrote:

> [This is another repost, didn't come through either]
> Hi all,
> I am experiencing some bizaare behaviour from Apache v1.3.7-dev
> (19990510071220) when an attempt is made to restart Apache using
> "apachectl restart".
> When a restart request is issued, Apache sends a SIGHUP to the process
> group, but not all processes die, some remain. Apache sends another
> SIGHUP, and logs the problem. Again, some processes remain (18 logged in
> my test). Apache then tried a SIGTERM (terminating another 7), and
> finally it tried a SIGKILL (terminating the final 11).
> By looking at the output of the extended server status screen, it turns
> out that a number of processes in the list were affected. These
> processes were in a number of states just before the restart was issued,
> some were stuck in a "...reading..." state with a code R, some of them
> were in W, one or two even idle, though this could have been due to the
> time delay between the server-status output and the server restarting.
> Most of them seemed stuck, with a long time (>60 seconds) on the time
> since last request start.
> Over time without the restarts caused by our hourly logfile rotation
> these stuck processes cause Apache to spawn more processes to replace
> them, eventually reaching the MaxClients limit.
> Interestingly enough, this behaviour does *not* seem to happen with
> Apache
> v1.3.6. At first I suspected that Dave Carrigan's auth_ldap module was a
> contributing factor, however disabling this module has had no effect on
> the problem.
> I've looked through the src/CHANGES file for possible explanations,
> however nothing from there seems obvious. Any ideas?
> (Apache v1.3.7-dev running under Solaris v2.6)
> Regards,
> Graham
> -- 
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>		"There's a moon
> 					over Bourbon Street
> 						tonight...

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