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init: php5-fpm main process (3586) terminated with status 78

Hi all,

I just allowed my droplet to update to “the latest version of our cloud” and now I am having issues with Nginx/PHP5-FPM

I get the following error multiple times when I try to start FPM

 init: php5-fpm main process (3586) terminated with status 78

Followed by

 init: php5-fpm respawning too fast, stopped

I’ve not changed anything config wise, and it was working fine after a restart before the droplet upgrade.

Any tips?

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Hi

In my case, we changed de rlimit_files to

rlimit_files = unlimited

and php fails to start. If we change the directive to

;rlimit_files = unlimited

php5-fpm runs ok.

What method are you using to start/restart php5-fpm? If you are using the /etc/init.d/php5-fpm script directly this is likely the cause of the issue since php5-fpm utilizes upstart. I’ve found a couple places with additional information and solutions for this issue which can be found below:

Can’t start or stop php-fpm on Ubuntu Mysterious error with php5-fpm

In the future when starting/stopping/restarting php5-fpm you can use the commands:

service php5-fpm start       #Start the service
service php5-fpm stop       #Stop the service
service php5-fpm restart   # Restart the service