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February 9, 2007

What The Hell Is cpsrvd?

Filed under: Main — Ryan Jones @ 2:13 pm

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.


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