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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: [Fwd: Apache won't start specified # of servers]
Date Wed, 24 Jul 1996 06:54:08 GMT

Hi - I don't know if anyone responded to you yet, but the reason for the
below is as a safety measure, Apache won't spawn more than one child a
second.  This is to (help) prevent a mistake on our part from bringing
machines to their knees uncontrollably by fork()ing as fast as possible,
or something. I can't explain your claim that it worked before, since this
has been in there since 1.0 days, but it should also be easy for you to
hack out if you want.



I have Apache 1.1.1, and my httpd.conf contains:

StartServers 225
MaxClients 512
MinSpareServers 5
MaxSpareServers 40

However, upon starting the server, I observe 60 or so servers, and this
number slowly grows (at approximately the 1 server/second rate) until
the expected number of servers are available.

Anyone know why this is so? When I had StartServers set at 150, it
correctly started 150 servers. Why won't it work properly anymore?

David Michaels

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