Oracle HTTP Server Fails to Start With the Error "Parent process has died... exiting" (Doc ID 821419.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Applies to:

Oracle Fusion Middleware - Version 10.1.2.0.2 to 11.1.2.2.0 [Release AS10gR2 to Oracle11g]
Oracle HTTP Server - Version 10.1.2.0.2 to 11.1.2.0.0 [Release AS10gR2 to Oracle11g]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 06-Jan-2014***

Symptoms

Start up of Oracle HTTP Server ( OHS ) using "opmnctl startall" or "opmnctl startproc" , times out with message similar like below.

Error
--> Process (index=1,uid=857362637,pid=4083)
time out while waiting for a managed process to start
Log:
..

The following error is found in error_log:

[Thu May 7 17:50:01 2009] [error] Parent process has died... exiting

In opmn.log, you will see messages like the ones below (example output is from an OracleAS 10g environment)

09/05/07 17:45:54 [pm-requests] Request 3 Started.  Command: /start?ias-component=HTTP_Server
09/05/07 17:45:54 [pm-process] Starting Process: HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~1 (1686179620:0)
09/05/07 17:47:54 [pm-requests] Request 3 Completed. Command: /start?ias-component=HTTP_Server
09/05/07 17:47:54 [pm-process] Stopping Process: HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~1 (1686179620:4083)
09/05/07 17:48:56 [pm-process] Stopping Process: HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~1 (1686179620:4083)
09/05/07 17:48:56 [libopmnohs] Forcefully Terminating Process: HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~1 (1686179620:4083)
09/05/07 17:49:58 [pm-process] Stopping Process: HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~1 (1686179620:4083)
09/05/07 17:49:58 [libopmnohs] Forcefully Terminating Process: HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~1 (1686179620:4083)
09/05/07 17:50:00 [pm-process] Process Stopped: HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~HTTP_Server~1 (1686179620:4083)

During the period of time while "opmnctl" command is running, we can see one or even more httpd processes are up and running by using ps command as below:

ps -ef|grep httpd

Eventually these processes disappear after the "opmnctl" command exists.

apachectl is able to start OHS, but it is taking long time to finish.

$ORACLE_HOME/Apache/Apache/bin/apachectl startssl

Cause

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