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apache wordpress and zombies

  • I installed 2.04 WP on the server (Centos with Bluequartz) for me and my customers .. but suddenly ….

    httpd is showing me a lot of zombies the last 2 or 3 days
    when checking with ps -aux I see apache …….. “[host] <defunct>”
    checking pstree -lp I see that httpd is creating them

    httpd is |-httpd(9773)-+-host(10896)
    | | |-host(10966)
    | | |-host(11015)
    | | |-host(11117)
    | | |-host(11518)
    | | |-host(11591)
    | | |-host(11709)
    | | |-host(11873)


    top shows me:
    382 zombie processes at this time.

    Of course I can restart the httpd process (which is does itself every night) to solve it, but I want to see the cause and why it’s happening ..

    I want to know; what are zombies, what are they doing and does it hurt?

    if it’s not something okay how to get rid of it ?

    It probably due to ‘WordPress Weblog’ software as I see the live – hits an checking the zombie counting with TOP
    and right now the server is hit by GoogleBot ..
    so with every hit a zombie proces is created ..

    Can anyone else confirm/verify etc?


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