tailwatchd failed: A restart was attempted automagically

An email from a cPanel server with the “tailwatchd failed” warning message indicates that either the cpanel service is offline/down OR the cpanel service was restarted. The complete message looks like the following:

tailwatchd failed @ Tue Jan 1 00:00:00 2010. 
A restart was attempted automagically 
Service Check Method: [check command] tailwatchd is not running

There isn’t anything to worry, however, you can check the tailwatchd logs for the failure reasons:

# tail -f /usr/local/cpanel/logs/tailwatchd_log

To check the status of the ‘tailwatchd’ service and it’s output, execute

# /usr/local/cpanel/libexec/tailwatchd --status 
 Driver (Active: 1) Cpanel::TailWatch::ChkServd
 tailwatchd is enabled
 Running, PID 24463
 Driver (Active: 1) Cpanel::TailWatch::cPBandwd
 Driver (Active: 1) Cpanel::TailWatch::Antirelayd
 Driver (Active: 1) Cpanel::TailWatch::Eximstats

Restart the ‘cpanel’ service once, just to make sure it’s online

# service cpanel restart

and if you still continue to receive the ‘tailwatchd failed’ emails, update “cPanel” on the server

# /scripts/upcp --force
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One Response to “tailwatchd failed: A restart was attempted automagically”

  1. mt


    This worked.

    First I did, the # /usr/local/cpanel/libexec/tailwatchd –status

    I had a couple services which didn’t run.

    Then I indered: # /scripts/mysqlup –force –verbose
    Followed with the above stepps.

    This is great. Everything running good now.