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From Brian Cohen <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Unclean restarts
Date Tue, 28 Aug 2007 17:06:01 GMT
Some additional info -- when Apache is running normally (for example,
during the middle of the day), we can issue a manual '/etc/init.d/apache
reload' and it will work fine. The problems seem to arise some
percentage of the time when it tries to run from cron.daily's calling of


Brian J. Cohen
Intercarve Networks, LLC
914.552.1274 [cell]

Brian Cohen wrote:
> We are running Apache 1.3.34.
> On our Debian 4.0 system, each night cron.daily runs logrotate.
> Logrotate's postrotate script runs `/etc/init.d/apache reload` (no
> errors on stderr). When it is successful, top shows all apache children
> go <defunct>, then apache restarts. But more often than not, all but 2
> or 3 apache children die (without top ever showing <defunct>), the pid
> file is removed. Those 2 or 3 apache children continue to live and
> accept connections, but won't serve any requests. Since the pid file has
> been removed, we have to issue a `killall apache`, then
> `/etc/init.d/apache start`
> The net effect is pretty fatal. If we're not around when it happens,
> Apache remains effectively down until we come around to clean it up.
> Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks!

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