Comment 0 for bug 1481737

In case you have more than one process enabled in the haproxy config, the init script fails to stop all of those processes.
So to clarify you need to have this in your haproxy.cfg:

        maxconn 32000
        ulimit-n 65536
        user haproxy
        group haproxy
        nbproc 2


the problem is more visible if you set the nbproc to higher number.

service haproxy stop --> will only stop on of the haproxy processes.

The problem is so that start-stop-daemon can't handle pid files with multiple lines. Only stopping the first one. HAProxy does write all the pids started by itself into the pid file, so the problem is not in HAProxy, but in the start-stop-daemon or more likely in the init scrip of haproxy.
One solution or workaround is to remove pidfile option of start-stop-daemon in the init script, than it wil work as killall and will stop the haproxy processes properly.

To proof you can try this sequence:

service haproxy start #if its not running
ps ax | grep haproxy | grep -v grep | wc -l #this should report 2
service haproxy restart
ps ax | grep haproxy | grep -v grep | wc -l #this will report 3

The workaround as a diff:
root@ubi1:/opt# diff /etc/init.d/haproxy /etc/init.d/haproxy.orig
< --retry 5 --exec $HAPROXY || ret=$?
> --retry 5 --pidfile $PIDFILE --exec $HAPROXY || ret=$?

extra infos:
root@ubi1:/opt# lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS
Release: 14.04

root@ubi1:/opt# apt-cache policy haproxy
  Installed: 1.4.24-2ubuntu0.2
  Candidate: 1.4.24-2ubuntu0.2
  Version table:
     1.5.3-1~ubuntu14.04.1 0
        100 trusty-backports/main amd64 Packages
 *** 1.4.24-2ubuntu0.2 0
        500 trusty-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1.4.24-2 0
        500 trusty/main amd64 Packages