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
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs
Action 'start' failed.
The Apache error log may have more information.

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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