check vcl file for errors, kill's varnishd

Johan Hendriks joh.hendriks at
Fri Dec 11 20:16:14 CET 2015

Hello all.

I use varnish 4.1 on a FreeBSD 10.2 machine. All is running fine but when I
want to make a change to the config and test the changes with the
command  varnishd -C - f /usr/local/etc/varnish/default.vcl, then I need
to restart varnish because it does not respond anymore.
I thought maybe this can not be done with the running config so I used a
different file but it shows the same behavior.

Is it something I am doing wrong, has things changed with 4.1 or is it
something else.

Thanks for your time.

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