Why are my gunicorn Python/Flask workers exiting from signal term?

I have a Python/Flask web application that I am deploying via Gunicorn in a docker image on Amazon ECS. Everything is going fine, and then suddenly, including the last successful request, I see this in the logs:

[2017-03-29 21:49:42 +0000] [14] [DEBUG] GET /heatmap_column/e4c53623-2758-4863-af06-91bd002e0107/ADA
[2017-03-29 21:49:43 +0000] [1] [INFO] Handling signal: term
[2017-03-29 21:49:43 +0000] [14] [INFO] Worker exiting (pid: 14)
[2017-03-29 21:49:43 +0000] [8] [INFO] Worker exiting (pid: 8)
[2017-03-29 21:49:43 +0000] [12] [INFO] Worker exiting (pid: 12)
[2017-03-29 21:49:43 +0000] [10] [INFO] Worker exiting (pid: 10)
...
[2017-03-29 21:49:43 +0000] [1] [INFO] Shutting down: Master

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Why are my gunicorn Python/Flask workers exiting from signal term?”

    It turned out that after adding a login page to the system, the health check was getting a 302 redirect to /login at /, which was failing the health check. So the container was periodically killed. Amazon support is awesome!

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