Webmin and/or virtualmin doesnt open

I have a server that installed Debian 5 x86 + Webmin/virtualmin via install script.
Everything was perfect until 1 month. I did not do anything but suddenly there is a login error happened.
I cannot login via https://ip:10000 its waiting but i never see even login form.
I also tried to stop CSF Firewall but there is no difference.
But another things works well (like websites,shell,ftp,apache,mails etc…)

I just want to know if there is a way to backup all accounts from Shell?

Thank you


You may want to try restarting Webmin – you can do that with:

/etc/init.d/webmin restart

Also, some clues may be in the error log, located in /var/webmin/miniserv.error.

As far as backing up accounts from the shell – you can use the command line tools for that.

Try running “virtualmin backup-domain” from the command line to get a list of options.


thanks for quick reply
i did restart and checked the error log file:

Failed to bind to port 10000 : Address already in use
Could not listen on any ports at /usr/share/webmin/miniserv.pl line 456.

and i am looking into virtualmin backup-domain it looks pretty useful.

It sounds like there’s a stray Webmin process running that’s causing some breakage. Here’s what I’d do to fix that:

  • Log into your server as root over SSH

  • Stop Webmin: /etc/init.d/webmin stop

  • Find any running Webmin processes: ps auxw | grep minisev | grep webmin

  • Use “kill” to kill the running processes

  • Restart Webmin: /etc/init.d/webmin start

And see if that does the trick!


I restarted webmin before i killed all running process about auxw,miniserv,webmin but there is no difference.

Thank you for your time

If you stop Webmin (/etc/init.d/webmin stop), and then run this:

netstat -an | grep :10000

What do you see?


Hrm, it looks like something is keeping the Webmin port open. I have no idea why that is the case :slight_smile: But, my suggestion is to wait a few minutes, try the netstat command again.

Whenever it stops showing anything about 10000, then try starting up Webmin again.


tcp 143 0 212.117..:10000 78.190..:12189 CLOSE_WAIT
tcp 85 0 212.117..:10000 78.190..:29735 CLOSE_WAIT