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From Axel-Stéphane SMORGRAV <>
Subject RE: [PATCH] Apache 2.2.x: Implicit creation of new proxy_workers
Date Mon, 17 Sep 2007 11:29:44 GMT
-----Message d'origine-----
>De : Nick Kew [] 
>Envoyé : lundi 17 septembre 2007 12:59
>À :
>Objet : Re: [PATCH] Apache 2.2.x: Implicit creation of new proxy_workers
>On Mon, 17 Sep 2007 11:33:16 +0200
>Axel-Stéphane  SMORGRAV <> wrote:
>Instead of limiting the number and thus creating them randomly (according 
>to what traffic happens to hit the server first), wouldn't it be better 
>to introduce a configuration directive to create your choice of those extra 
>workers at startup?

That configuration directive already exists: it's called ProxyPass.

RewriteRule / http://server/ [P]

ProxyPass / !
ProxyPass / http://server/

Been there, done that. Works well provided you have an exhaustive list of backends at the
time the server is started.

The list of our backends resides in a RewriteMap so that approach is not practical.

>If your config is such that specifying the workers isn't going to work, then 
>managing them dynamically in a useful manner is going to be a complex job 
>that should probably have its own separate module, based on a reslist and a 
>usage-counting strategy to drop little-used workers.
>Or something like that.

A separate pool of dynamically created workers, of limited size known at configuration time,
with a LRU replacement strategy whenever we run out of workers would indeed be a very elegant
solution. I do not really see why this should be done in another module, though.


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