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From "Jacob Coby" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Apache 1.3 memory use growing
Date Tue, 10 Sep 2002 14:55:04 GMT

>>Quick answer would be to set MaxRequestsPerChild to some non-zero value
(e.g. 100).

Your problem is typical of a program running with a memory leak (i.e. the
process mallocs memory but doesn't free it after use). I guess the apache
developers knew that they couldn't control all the leaks in third-party
modules which users might load and so they provided this feature to give the
server daemon a finite lifetime after which it dies in an orderly fashion
and thus frees its resources.<<

php is pretty well known for it's mem leaks.


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