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From "Boyle Owen" <Owen.Bo...@swx.com>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] perl scripts suddenly failing
Date Wed, 04 Apr 2007 19:31:52 GMT
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eben [mailto:eben@bakedbean.net] 
> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 8:53 PM
> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> Subject: Re: [users@httpd] perl scripts suddenly failing
> 
> I rebooted and that cleared up the problem, but do you think 
> this could 
> be an early warning sign of a failing drive?

I doubt it very much - drives don't give early warnings they just
suddenly die. But then again, they don't do that very often... 99.99% of
problems are due to software so if you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not
zebras.

I mentioned file descriptors - look at how many logs files you have
open, find out how to count the free Fds on mac os, etc...

Rgds,
Owen Boyle
Disclaimer: Any disclaimer attached to this message may be ignored. 

> 
> Boyle Owen wrote:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Eben [mailto:eben@bakedbean.net] 
> >> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 7:17 PM
> >> To: users@httpd.apache.org
> >> Subject: [users@httpd] perl scripts suddenly failing
> >>
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> In the last few days, existing cgi scripts that had been 
> >> working fine, 
> >> now fail with an apache 500 error.  The exact error 
> getting logged by 
> >> apache is:
> >>
> >> [Wed Apr  4 12:01:47 2007] [error] [client 71.233.250.53] 
> >> (35)Resource 
> >> temporarily unavailable: couldn't spawn child process: 
> >> /home/user/cgi-bin/test.cgi
> >>
> >> test.cgi is a simple hello world perl script.  In the 
> apache conf for 
> >> the site I have:
> >>
> >> ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /home/user/cgi-bin/
> >>        <Directory /home/user/cgi-bin>
> >>                AllowOverride None
> >>                Options None
> >>                Order allow,deny
> >>                Allow from all
> >>        </Directory>
> >>
> >> "which perl" shows /usr/bin/perl
> >>
> >> This is running on Mac OSX 10.3.9 on a G5 xserve with the latest 
> >>     
> >
> > Not too familiar with Mac Os but I believe it's now based 
> on FreeBSD...
> > Anyway, it seems to be having some resource limitation problem (file
> > descriptors is one of the Usual Suspects). The simplest 
> thing to try to
> > get going again would be a reboot. Then check system logs and try a
> > MacOs forum/consultant...
> >
> > Rgds,
> > Owen Boyle
> > Disclaimer: Any disclaimer attached to this message may be ignored. 
> >
> >   
> >> updates.  Any suggestions for further troubleshooting or 
> >> solutions are 
> >> appreciated
> >> thanks,
> >> Eben
> >>
> >> 
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