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From Craig Huffstetler <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] KeepAlive setting under heavy load
Date Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:50:49 GMT
On Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:09, Pratte, Gil <> wrote:

> **
> I have read conflicting reports regarding the KeepAlive setting. Under load
> the website has hundreds to thousands of users logged in at any given time.
> I am in the process of tuning it for performance under load.
> My question is: Should I set KeepAlive to On or Off for a website under
> heavy load?

This depends on what you are trying to achieve and what resources your
server is utilizing. Bear in mind, KeepAlive allows multiple requests to be
sent over one TCP connection. It's useful if you have a lot of static
content (ex. HTML pages with images). Turn it off if you are using more (or
all) dynamic content or server-side scripting that does not require static
content to be served from this Apache's instance.

Your main concern when the KeepAlive is ON should be with KeepAliveTimeout
which determines how long Apache waits on the next request. I would set this
value low (between 1-3 seconds). If too high, child processes get tied up
waiting on the client when they could be used for serving out content to new
clients connecting or already connected.

Keep in mind this is very arguable and everyone will have a different
opinion. The best thing is to test, test again, and test more. Do load
testing and see what gives you the best results.



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