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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Questions about MinSpareServers, MaxSpareServers, StartServers
Date Sun, 03 Apr 2005 22:45:04 GMT
On Apr 3, 2005 5:37 PM, Dan Trainor <> wrote:
> Joshua Slive wrote:
> > On Apr 3, 2005 3:21 AM, Dan Trainor <> wrote:
> >
> >>Hello, all -
> >>
> >>I've recently seen an error that I have not come across before, and it
> >>is as follows:
> >>
> >>[Sat Apr  2 19:16:57 2005] [info] server seems busy, (you may need to
> >>increase StartServers, or Min/MaxSpareServers), spawning 8 children,
> >>there are 23 idle, and 85 total children
> >>
> >>I understand it, however, it doesn't seem to matter what I set
> >>StartServers, MinSpareServers, or MaxSpareServers to.  I still get these
> >>errors, regardless of what I change them to.
> >>
> >>I noticed that Apache only spawns new servers in two's compliment
> >>fashion, so I've changed these values accordingly:
> >>
> >>MinSpareServers 32
> >>MaxSpareServers 48
> >>StartServers 64
> >
> >
> Joshua -
> I understand what the settings mean.  My reasoning behind these settings
> is that Apache would be able to quicker respond to a request if it
> already had a child waiting for the connection.  If for some reason this
> site got an additional 40 hits in one instant, Apache would deal with
> those by sending them to children, and then when that is established, it
> would create more children in anticipation for new connections.
> Regardless, where might I be able to find more information about this
> error?  I'm very curious now.

There is some additional comments on this stuff here:

The problem with your settings is the lack of flexibility you are
giving to apache.  Setting Max/MinSpareServers to similar values will
always result in apache needing to fork and kill processes frequently.
 If you want to have lots of spare serving capacity available, then
all you need to do is increase MaxSpareServers (and perhaps
StartServers if you want this capacity available immediately).


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