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From "Joshua Slive" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Unclean restarts
Date Tue, 28 Aug 2007 20:42:45 GMT
On 8/28/07, 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.

Since this isn't something that I see frequently reported, my first
guess would be a faulty third-party module. What are you using other
than the standard apache modules?


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