nginx dead but pid file exists

nnttoo nginx-forum at
Sat Oct 20 07:55:58 UTC 2012

I had this problem a few times, "nginx dead but pid file exists"

My site suddenly can not access, after I typed "service nginx status" and
the answer is "nginx dead but pid file exists", what happened to my vps?

if possible, how to make the nginx reload / restart automatically if it
happens again.

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