Article ID: 128436, created on Feb 23, 2016, last review on Aug 9, 2016

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk Automation 11.5
  • Plesk 12.5 for Linux
  • Plesk 12.0 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.0 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.5 for Linux


Apache error log has lots of [notice] caught SIGTERM, shutting down - messages.


When Apache graceful restart is enabled Apache will NOT be restarted every time you change hosting settings through the Plesk GUI. By default, Plesk does not use Apache graceful restart for applying new settings.

The interval defines minimal gap between two consequent restarts (in seconds) is called 'Apache Restart Interval'. You can find the apache_restart_interval parameter in table psa.misc:

mysql> select * from misc where param like '%_apache%';
| param                     | val  |
| restart_apache_gracefully | true |
| restart_apache_interval   | 600  |
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

A graceful restart is done any time Plesk makes an update to the Apache configuration. Please note that a graceful restart is not the same as a full Apache restart, it just reloads the configuration, which should not affect the functioning of your sites.

To enable:

mysql> REPLACE INTO misc VALUES ('restart_apache_gracefully', 'true');

To disable:

mysql> REPLACE INTO misc VALUES ('restart_apache_gracefully', 'false');

Additional information are available in Apache manual:

Note: This case is valid only when information messages are shown and apache keeps running without downtime.

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ERR [panel] Apache config (14476896330.04296200) generatio n failed: Template_Exception: Can not restart web server:

caught SIGTERM, shutting down


[2015-11-16 17:00:44] ERR [panel] Apache config (14476896330.04296200) generatio n failed: Template_Exception: Can not restart web server:

Error on reconfigure Domains


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