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I'm recycling w3wp.exe...and it hangs up! Anybody seen this before?

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Okay, I'm running IIS6 on my 2003 server, and I have it set to recycle every few hours or so to prevent my ASP.NET webservices from running out of memory.

2/3 times, this works fine...but sometimes the "new" w3wp.exe process starts, and then I get a hang up of 2-5 minutes!

During that period, CPU utilization is practically nothing, there's plenty of MB available, and all the ASP.NET requests just keep queueing.

The w3wp.exe will FINALLY kick in and do it's job, but not without a ton of thread abort exceptions from my applications.

I haven't found any major clues for this yet, so if anyone has an idea, inkling, or otherwise, I would GREATLY appreciate an assist.

Thanks!
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by:Dave_Dietz
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Likely there is a hung thread in the w3wp process that isn't terminating quickly.

The recycle process asks the w3wp to clean up and exit.  If the process doesn't exit in a given period of time IIS kills the process and starts a new one.

This could easily explain the lag time between the recycle start and the completion.

Are there any records in the event log that pertainto the w3wp process?

Dave Dietz
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by:Inward_Spiral
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Unfortunatlely, there's nothing in the event logs, except for the message "...has requested a recycle...", since I request a scheduled recycle specifically at that time.

Would you know what the "given time period" is? I'm guessing it's likely in machine.config, but which one would control thread timeouts?
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The timeout period is configured using the ShutdownTimeLimit property in the metabase (check the Help files for specifics on how to set it.  It defaults to 90 seconds.

This may not be the cause of your issue but I have seen it cause similar behavior in at least one other case.

Dave Dietz
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by:Inward_Spiral
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Well, that's one way to do it, still have a lot of tweaking to do, so I may pop up with more questions.
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