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From "Wagner, Aaron" <>
Subject [users@httpd] Zombie processes on Apache/2.0.48 (Win32)
Date Thu, 15 Jul 2004 15:53:17 GMT

Server Version: Apache/2.0.48 (Win32) mod_perl/1.99_13-dev Perl/v5.8.3 PHP/4.3.4 
Server Built: Nov 2 2003 23:31:38 

I have a production server running in an intranet environment on win2k  =(

Sometimes when I spawn a command process (ie a perl code directly from php) and the process
hangs, I get zombie processes.  

for example php   ----> $result = `d:\WebCore\Perl5.8.0\bin\perl.exe d:\webcore\apache2\bin\
-m d:\security\esystest view`;

I know that the windows version of apache uses a single PID for all the processes.  What happens
is the zombie processes keep accumulating until no proceses are available.  

How can I kill these processes on a win2k box without having to bounce the apache service?

I know there is a lot of commands that will timeout and cycle PIDs in the UNIX flavor but
nothing for windows and believe me, I'd be on a LINUX flavor if I had a choice.

Aaron N Wagner
eSystems/Server Monitoring

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