problem with php5-fpm on Nginx

  • Posted on January 27, 2014
  • finidAsked by finid

I have php5-fpm running with nginx. Here’s my problem with php5-fpm:

If I try to reload/stop the daemon, I get a “reload: unknown instance” or “stop: unknown instance.” But there’s a php5-fpm init script.

If I try to restart it, I get:

<pre> stop: Unknown instance: php5-fpm start/running, process 12915 </pre>

Trying to start it just gives “php5-fpm start/running, process 13011.”

The output of “ps aux | grep -i php5-fpm” shows nothing, but “ps aux | grep -i php-fpm” shows three php-fpm processes running.

Does anybody know why php5-fpm is respondsing in this fashion?

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It worked for me ! root@prod:/etc/nginx/sites-available# service php5-fpm restart stop: Unknown instance: php5-fpm start/running, process 11948 root@prod:/etc/nginx/sites-available# vim /etc/init/php5-fpm.conf

uncomment that line root@prod:/etc/nginx/sites-available# service php5-fpm restart php5-fpm stop/waiting php5-fpm start/running, process 11967

Many Thanks ! :D

Vishal Arora

I have a GitHub repo to fix it for Ubuntu -

Some work needed on /etc/init.d/php5-fpm && /etc/php5/fpm/php-fpm.conf. All is written there. It is for Ubuntu 13, 14 etc. You possibly need a bit modification.

The problem has reappeared on Nov 2014, hence this fix. Editing only /etc/php5/fpm/php-fpm.conf (or creating php5-fpm.override) will not radically fix it now. It is marked as known bug now.

OP’s OS is not latest Debian for sure.

This problem reappeared in the 5.6.1 packages for wheezy.

Commenting out the reload signal USR2 line in /etc/init/php5-fpm.conf fixes the problem.

Or you can copy php5-fpm.conf to php5-fpm.override without this line and prevent this issue next time.