June 10, 2023

What The Hell Is cpsrvd?

If you’ve ever run websites you’re familiar with the concept of a virtual server. Some of you may even be familiar with cpanel. Those of you who have, have no doubt encountered the following message in your inbox:

cpsrvd failed @ Fri Feb 09 13:36:38 2007. A restart was attempted automagicly.

If it’s your first time seeing this message, it can be pretty confusing. What the hell is cpsrvd? Failed – that can’t be good! Restart? Did it work? Did I lose any data? Is something broken? Is automagicly even a word?

The good news is, don’t worry. It’s really no big deal. cpsrvd is part of your cPanel services (More specifically, it stands for “cPanel Service Daemon.” ), and it’s really common for it to crash. In fact, it crashes so often that cPanel included that little script to restart it when it goes down. (that’s the same script sending you the emails)

If it didn’t restart, you wouldn’t have access to your cPanel. If that should happen and you have shell access, you can restart it with the following command:

/etc/init.d/cpanel restart

It seems that you can fix this by upgrading to the latest version of cPanel. If you’re really courageous and have root access, you can try this: (Disclaimer: these commands have not been tested.)

rm -f /usr/local/cpanel/cpanel

So why am I writing a post like this? Because I couldn’t find any information about it on one website, I had to visit about 8 different sites to compile this post. It’s an example of a great SEO technique – posting a thorough answer to a commonly asked question. In this case, I couldn’t easily find what I was looking for on the web, so I made a page to fill that space.

Go ahead, try it out on your own sites – see if you get any increased traffic.

About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website: www.RyanMJones.com


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