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From Dan Bunyard <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Runaway Apache Process
Date Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:05:37 GMT
I can't imagine that RAM is the problem, nor the CPU.  It's a dual core
machine with 5GB of RAM that gets MAYBE a few hundred unique hits a month
between ALL the web sites on it.  It did this once before I even had most of
the web sites on it, it only had one or two on it the first time it happened
and was getting maybe a dozen hits a month.

This is not a problem that requires infinite wisdom, Benj. This is a problem
that requires enough neural organization to qualify as a vertebrate,
apparently a stretch for some folks these days.
~Cecil Adams.

On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 20:42, Reese <> wrote:

> On 26-Jan-10 20:28, Dan Bunyard wrote:
>> This has happened twice now and it's a little bit concerning to me. I have
>> a
>> Fedora 12 server with 5GB of RAM that I use to host a few small web sites
>> of
>> mine. As I mentioned, this happened once before. I tried to load one of my
>> web sites today and it took FOREVER (as in the 10s of minutes) to load. I
>> SSHed into the box and found the load average around 100 (dual core
>> machine). Since this was the second time it had happened, I knew that it
>> was
>> Apache causing it. So I restarted the Apache service and everything
>> returned
>> to normal. A look in the error_log showed this error:
>> server reached MaxClients setting, consider raising the MaxClients setting
>> I suspect that this is the reason that Apache was eating up all my system
>> resources but I don't have any idea how to fix it.
>> I do use PHP and MySQL fairly heavily. All the sites on the server use PHP
>> in some form and most of the use MySQL. Could this be part of the problem?
>> I
>> attached a copy of my httpd.conf file to this message if that will help
>> (It's also inserted into this email at the very bottom).
>> Any help would be appreciated!!!
> Off-the-cuff guesses:
> - Install more RAM
> - Install more CPU
> - Install more CPU and more RAM
> - limit MaxClients to 75 or 50
> If you are getting that much traffic, grow the server to accommodate
> it or choke it so that you can run FTP in the manner you like.
> Reese
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