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From Albert Kam <>
Subject What could be the cause of <defunct> tomcat7 process ?
Date Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:01:30 GMT
I was running tomcat7 production server for several days, and then suddenly
it was **unreachable** by the http port. Strangely though, the background
processes **were still running** as can be seen by the logs.

So i tried to stop tomcat7 using `invoke-rc.d tomcat7 stop` from my *debian
wheezy* box. But still the process is still there, with the <defunct> flag.
I tried `kill -9 <pid>` and `killall -9 java`, but still the process is
there - still occupying the port, causing me cannot start a new tomcat with
the port is already used error.

I had to reboot. And everything is normal from there.

But i'm curious of what might cause this kind of situation ? There's no big
loads whatsoever. Only some background processes running, scraping. I can
see nothing suspicious from the logs.

What should i do if this happens again to get to the **real cause** and fix
it ?

Here's my connector settings :

    <Connector port="8080" address=""

My tomcat version : **7.0.28-4+deb7u1**

My VM args :

> JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.awt.headless=true
>"background,production" -XX:-UseSplitVerifier
-javaagent:/var/lib/tomcat7/spring-instrument-3.2.3.RELEASE.jar -server
-Xms4G -Xmx4G -XX:MaxPermSize=128m -XX:+DisableExplicitGC
-XX:-HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError -XX:HeapDumpPath=/var/log/tomcat7/dump
-XX:+UseParNewGC -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -XX:+UseTLAB
-XX:+CMSIncrementalMode -XX:+CMSIncrementalPacing
-XX:CMSIncrementalDutyCycleMin=0 -XX:CMSIncrementalDutyCycle=10
-XX:MaxTenuringThreshold=0 -XX:SurvivorRatio=256

jdk version : **7u60**

Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is. The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

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