PHP defunct processes causing high CPU load

Have anyone of you encounter php defunct processes keep on running in the server and it cause the CPU load getting higher and higher?

Normally most of the forum and users encounter this problem previously will advise or suggest you to kill the process by issueing command “ps aux | grep -i “defunc” | awk {‘print “kill -9 “$2′} | sh”, however, this is not a permanent solutions.

The root cause of this process is due to one of the bugs from apache on suphp module, normally what you should do is compile the apache and change the php mode from suphp to dso, everything should be working fine again after disabled suphp from the server.

You can refer to for more information regarding the bugs.

If anyone of you still encounter the problem, please do not hesitate to leave a comments to us or contact our support at

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