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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Apache not shutting down idle processes
Date Wed, 12 Feb 2003 08:08:42 GMT
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Steve Lane []
>One suggestion I read just now in a PHP/Apache thread was to use
>MaxRequestsPerChild to make sure those processes eventually 
>die. So for now
>I've set that 1000, and that might be all it takes to keep things
>reasonable. We'll see. Any drawbacks to that approach?

That's a good tip. The default is 0 which means "never die" which I've
always thought was a bit odd - I would've thought some largish number
would be better...

About setting it to 1000 - that might be a bit high. If the processes
lock up all the RAM before reaching 1000 requests, you won't see any
change. You might try with a very small number (3, 10, 30?), check that
the problem goes away and then increase it gradually to tune up the


Owen Boyle
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