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From "Joshua Slive" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] server busy
Date Sat, 05 Aug 2006 19:10:05 GMT
On 8/5/06, Mididoc Productions <> wrote:
> hello,
> we get a message in apache log-file that the server is to busy and that we
> should rise the amount:
> [Sat Aug  5 17:08:53 2006] [info] server seems busy, (you may need to
> increase StartServers, or Min/MaxSpareServers), spawning 8 children, there
> are 2 idle, and 12 total children
> At the moment we have following values:
> StartServers 5
> MinSpareServers 3
> MaxSpareServers 5
> Could anybody please tell us which values we should use?

The message in the error log is just informational.  It only means
your server will be slightly slower responding to load changes; no big

To get rid of it, you should increase all three of those numbers.  A
good number for StartServers is your average number of simultaneous
clients.  MinSpareServers should be big enough to absorbe your typical
changes in load.  MaxSpareServers should be somewhat bigger than

You can use the server-status handler of mod_status to observe
activity on your server to fine tune these settings.


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