Gracefully stopping varnish

Guillaume Quintard guillaume at
Wed Oct 18 06:51:29 UTC 2017


That's not possible. However, what you really want, I think, is not sending
new requests to Varnish. That's usually done at the loa-bbalancing level.
If your LB use probes, you can tell Varnish to stop honoring them, drain
the connections,  then kill it.

Guillaume Quintard

On Oct 18, 2017 02:28, "Hugues Alary" <hugues at> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I've been looking around and I can't find a documented way of gracefully
> shutting down varnishd, and by gracefully I mean tell varnish "stop
> accepting connections, but finish what you were doing, then shutdown".
> I did find something in the "first varnish design notes" (
> which seemed to
> indicate that sending SIGKILL/SIGTERM would mean "suspend/stop" but KILL
> doesn't seem to work, and TERM, well... terminates but not gracefully.
> I also tried using "varnishadm stop", which also doesn't gracefully stops
> connection.
> Is there anyway to achieve this?
> Thanks!
> -Hugues
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