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I guess you host some heavy PHP applications (such as Magento or Drupal with some heavy 3rd party modules) and cleaning up the resources used (database connections etc) during the exit takes some time. Similarly, spawning the new processes takes some time. Of course your Apache might have some heavy modules installed too, for example mod_security. Or your ...


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You can't kill it because it is already dead. The only thing left is an entry in the process table. On Unix and Unix-like computer operating systems, a zombie process or defunct process is a process that has completed execution but still has an entry in the process table. This entry is still needed to allow the parent process to read its child's exit ...


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Other people have reported a similar issue with FCGID processes hanging and being unkillable in other systems, such as Wordpress and Sympa. A suggested fix was to add the option FcgidMaxRequestLen 1000000000 to the Apache configuration (default for this setting is 131072). I have not been able to verify this fixes the issue but there is anecdotal ...



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