Apache2 can't close connections with restart

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Published on 2011-11-18T20:52:40Z Indexed on 2011/11/19 1:54 UTC
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I'm running a Debian webserver with Apache2 and the restart command started giving me an error.

[email protected]:~# service apache2 stop
Stopping web server: apache2.
[email protected]:~# service apache2 start
Starting web server: apache2(98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address [::]:80
(98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address 0.0.0.0:80
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs
Action 'start' failed.
The Apache error log may have more information.
 failed!

Occasionally it actually will restart without a problem but usually I have to killall -9 apache2 first. Someone on the Debian IRC had me check my active apache2 connections and it turns out they aren't quitting and dozens of them are staying open. How can I get these to eventually time out?

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