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Your ps output says that the process is waiting on the physio routine. That means it is doing a read or a write to disk and is waiting for it to complete. Unix will not allow the process to die until the i/o completes. This is how it fulfills its promise of atomic disk i/o. I would suspect a hardware error in combination with a disk driver with poor error handling. The other possibility is a pathetic disk driver.

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Net::Server::Daemonize(3)				User Contributed Perl Documentation				 Net::Server::Daemonize(3)

Net::Server::Daemonize - Safe fork and daemonization utilities SYNOPSIS
use Net::Server::Daemonize qw(daemonize); daemonize( 'nobody', # User 'nobody', # Group '/var/state/' # Path to PID file - optional ); DESCRIPTION
This module is intended to let you simply and safely daemonize your server on systems supporting the POSIX module. This means that your Perl script runs in the background, and it's process ID is stored in a file so you can easily stop it later. EXPORTED FUNCTIONS
daemonize Main routine. Arguments are user (or userid), group (or group id or space delimited list of groups), and pid_file (path to file). This routine will check on the pid file, safely fork, create the pid file (storing the pid in the file), become another user and group, close STDIN, STDOUT and STDERR, separate from the process group (become session leader), and install $SIG{INT} to remove the pid file. In otherwords - daemonize. All errors result in a die. As of version 0.89 the pid_file is optional. safe_fork Block SIGINT during fork. No arguments. Returns pid of forked child. All errors result in a die. set_user Become another user and group. Arguments are user (or userid) and group (or group id or space delimited list of groups). set_uid Become another user. Argument is user (or userid). All errors die. set_gid Become another group. Arguments are groups (or group ids or space delimited list of groups or group ids). All errors die. get_uid Find the uid. Argument is user (userid returns userid). Returns userid. All errors die. get_gid Find the gids. Arguments are groups or space delimited list of groups. All errors die. is_root_user Determine if the process is running as root. Returns 1 or undef. check_pid_file Arguments are pid_file (full path to pid_file). Checks for existance of pid_file. If file exists, open it and determine if the process that created it is still running. This is done first by checking for a /proc file system and second using a "ps" command (BSD syntax). (If neither of these options exist it assumed that the process has ended) If the process is still running, it aborts. Otherwise, returns true. All errors die. create_pid_file. Arguments are pid_file (full path to pid_file). Calls check_pid_file. If it is successful (no pid_file exists), creates a pid file and stores $$ in the file. unlink_pid_file Does just that. SEE ALSO
Net::Server. Net::Daemon, The Perl Cookbook Recipe 17.15. AUTHORS
Jeremy Howard <> Program flow, concepts and initial work. Paul Seamons <> Code rework and componentization. Ongoing maintainer. LICENSE
This package may be distributed under the terms of either the GNU General Public License or the Perl Artistic License All rights reserved. perl v5.16.2 2012-05-29 Net::Server::Daemonize(3)

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