nginx dead but pid file exists

Christian Bönning christian.boenning at
Sat Oct 20 10:07:33 UTC 2012


I've no idea what happened, but may be a look into the error log may help. 

What you can do to prevent this kind of issue is to use monitoring on that server. I for one use use monit on my servers to make sure services are running and will be restarted in case a service crashes. 


Am 20.10.2012 um 09:55 schrieb "nnttoo" <nginx-forum at>:

> 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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