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FileMaker Server 13 on OS X – Error 701 – Web publishing engine process has terminated abnormally

If you’re here, you’re looking for a solution.

This was my solution to the Web publishing engine stopping for no known reason, and random intervals.

I created a launchctl process to check the status of the server and if down, restart it.

First, the bash script – put it in /usr/local/bin/ and ensure you chmod +x the file once done.

Call the file


#wpe running
up_wpe=`nc -zw 3 8998`
if [ -z “$up_wpe” ]; then
echo “wpe is not running”
up_fms=`nc -zw 3 5003`
if [ -n “$up_fms” ];
then #echo “DBS running”
fmsadmin start wpe

Test the script by running it:

sh /usr/local/bin/

Then, create the plist file to execute the above script every 60 seconds. Put the file into /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Call the file com.wpecheck.plist

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC “-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN” “”>
<plist version=”1.0″>







If you want to get it working without restarting, then:

launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.wpecheck.plist

Use the Process Viewer and filter by the words “wpe” to see if it’s actually running every 60 seconds or not.

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