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I am running nginx on Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64) as a windows service. I am using Windows Service Wrapper for that. (Actually, I have followed this tutorial: http://mercurial.selenic.com/wiki/HgServeNginxWindows.)

The service is running ok. However, the server does not process the signals (e.g. stop / reload).

This means if I stop the service, nginx is not stopped. (I have to kill it.)

And when I want to reload the configuration from command line:

C:\Users\Administrator>E:\apath\nginx\nginx.exe -p E:\apath\nginx -c E:\apath\nginx.conf -s reload

It outputs:

nginx: [error] OpenEvent("Global\ngx_reload_4268") failed (5: Access is denied)

I am running the command as administrator and the service is running under NETWORK SERVICE user.

Any hints or similar issues?

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A ProcMon trace should be able to help identifying the issue. If you could download Process Monitor application, run it, start the tracing, repeat the steps you done before (so you would reproduce the Access Denied error), stop the trace, save it as PML file (All Events), and share the file with us, we might be able to provide the solution. – Tomas Dabasinskas Mar 21 at 9:50

A couple things to try:

  1. Why run in the NETWORK SERVICE account? Try with the default for all services, LocalSystem.

  2. Follow this tutorial to try another wrapper, AlwaysUp. If it works then you may be facing a problem with Windows Service Wrapper.

Please report what you find.

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I run my nginx-service under LOCAL SYSTEM and I use following xml configuration:

<service>
      <id>nginx-service</id>
      <name>nginx-service</name>
      <description>nginx-service</description>
      <executable>c:\nginx\nginx.exe</executable>
      <logpath>c:\nginx\</logpath>
      <logmode>roll</logmode>
      <depend></depend>
      <startargument>-pc:\nginx</startargument>
      <stopexecutable>c:\nginx\nginx.exe</stopexecutable>
      <stopargument>-s</stopargument>
      <stopargument>stop</stopargument>
  </service>

I'm using Windows Service Wrapper 1.18 and this configuration works for me. Nginx processes should be stopped gracefully now. Good luck.

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in order for it to work for me on Windows 10 with nginx 1.9.15 i had to add

-p c:\nginx 

in the stop arguments

<service>
  <id>nginx</id>
  <name>nginx</name>
  <description>nginx</description>
  <executable>c:\nginx\nginx.exe</executable>
  <logpath>c:\nginx\</logpath>
  <logmode>roll</logmode>
  <depend></depend>
  <startargument>-p</startargument>
  <startargument>c:\nginx</startargument>

  <stopexecutable>c:\nginx\nginx.exe</stopexecutable>
  <stopargument>-p</stopargument>
  <stopargument>c:\nginx</stopargument>
  <stopargument>-s</stopargument>
  <stopargument>stop</stopargument>
</service>
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