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From Rainer Jung <>
Subject Unclean process shutdown in event MPM?
Date Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:19:19 GMT
I can currently reproduce the following problem with 2.2.15 event MPM 
under high load:

When an httpd child process gets closed due to the max spare threads 
rule and it holds established client connections for which it has fully 
received a keep alive request, but not yet send any part of the 
response, it will simply close that connection.

Is that expected behaviour? It doesn't seem reproducible for the worker 
MPM. The behaviour has been observed using extreme spare rules in order 
to make processes shut down often, but it still seems not right.


Platform Solaris 10 Sparc. Client "ab". Primary observation "Length 
Error". Added loggin to ab and saw that the connection returned EOF when 
trying to read response. Logged connection port for ab and Apache and 
saw, that it happens while the connection is still in KeepAlive but the 
PID shuts down. Did packet dumps and saw request coming in, server ACKs 
request and 0.5 seconds later sends FIN. That's the point in time the 
child process that holds the respective connection shuts down.

NB: I'm not talking about (graceful) shutdown via apachectl, nor about 

Any ideas welcome. If there are none, I'll inspect more deeply.



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