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From Jeff Trawick <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] fix child reclaim timing
Date Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:48:11 GMT
On Fri, 13 Aug 2004 10:27:11 -0400, Jeff Trawick <> wrote:
> Here is my take on what is wrong with current code:
> 1) It starts complaining a bit too soon.  Some third-party modules
> have rather complicated child exit strategies.  Whether or not that is
> good or bad (bad ;) ), it results in disturbing messages that wouldn't
> have appeared if we were a little more patient (2-3 seconds).  Also, I
> suspect that the use of threaded MPM affects how quickly the children
> are exiting now on Unix.
> 2) It should never stop checking for exited processes less often than
> 1-2 seconds, even if it doesn't complain to error log that often.
> Like you say, current code can wait a VERY long time for child
> processes to exit.  In practice, I see that it can wait a VERY long
> time even after the last child has exited.
> I'll agree that it should never wait so long, though I think around 15
> or so seconds total is reasonable.  Exiting before children are gone
> doesn't let Apache start up any more quickly; it just prevents
> potentially-useful information about timing from getting logged to the
> error log.
> --/--
> I wouldn't complain to error log at all until it has been 2 seconds,
> and then I'd still wait around for 10-15 more.  But it has to check
> every second so it finds out soon after all children have exited and
> doesn't sleep needlessly.

Here's a patch that does something like I mentioned above, though it
bails out a bit sooner (9 or so seconds).  The timing of the
interesting actions in this patch can be tweaked in a much simpler
manner than the old 1.3 code allows.

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