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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Apache 1.3.26/Debian 3.0 Process spawn runaway
Date Fri, 31 Jan 2003 14:16:50 GMT
- What is the load average when it locks up? (use top to find out).
- Do you have a lot of CGI operations, DB operations etc.? Anything
which is CPU hungry.
- From the logs, what is your hit-rate? Output data rate? 
- What is your bandwidth to the Web? (If you are serving data faster
than your pipe can drain it...)


Owen Boyle

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Morgan Collett []
>Sent: Freitag, 31. Januar 2003 14:50
>Subject: [users@httpd] Apache 1.3.26/Debian 3.0 Process spawn runaway
>We're running Debian 3.0 with Apache 1.3.26 (the stock deb package)
>and are encountering the following problem:
>Twice a week or so, the site stops responding. We ssh in to find the
>load on the box very high (as much as 200!) with a ton of apache
>processes (200-300). Restarting apache fixes this problem
>Unfortunately it is a production server, so we can't keep it in this
>condition for detailed troubleshooting... and we can't 
>reproduce the problem
>on another system.
>I've searched MARC and googled for various things like "apache 
>process load"
>but have not found anything remotely relevant. What can you suggest to
>troubleshoot this probem?
>The following apache modules are installed - all stock Debian stuff:
>LoadModule env_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule config_log_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule rewrite_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule mime_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule negotiation_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule includes_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule autoindex_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule dir_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule cgi_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule alias_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule access_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule auth_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule auth_mysql_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule expires_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule setenvif_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>LoadModule ssl_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/
>The following other config parameters may be of interest:
>Timeout 300
>MinSpareServers 15
>MaxSpareServers 35
>StartServers 30
>MaxClients 300
>MaxRequestsPerChild 50
>KeepAlive On
>MaxKeepAliveRequests 100
>KeepAliveTimeout 15
>The hardware:
>Dell PowerEdge 6650 / 4 GB RAM / 4 P4 Xeon CPUs
>Linux kernel:
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