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From Ben Laurie <>
Subject Re: ExcessRequestsPerChild
Date Mon, 16 Jun 1997 22:53:06 GMT
Dean Gaudet wrote:
> What is the need for this? 
> If the server is told to exit it should exit immediately, not serve a few
> requests first...

Glad you brought that up. This is a nasty compromise for NT. The general idea
is that it would be a Good Thing(tm) if the server process exited occasionally,
thus clearing up any lost resources. However, NT is completely incapable of
doing this properly, and gives requests to the most recent listener, regardless
of whether it is ready or not, and, if it exits, those requests are lost. This
is, of course, a Bad Thing(tm).

Hence ExcessRequestsPerChild.

I suspect that low-use sites won't suffer much from this, but might like to
do the exit occasionally, and high-use sites will eventually realise that they
should be running Unix.

Personally, I will probably set things to never exit, and demand that resources
get freed properly ;-)

It'll be interesting to see what MS has to say about all this.



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