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From Sylvain Goulmy <>
Subject [users@httpd] Apache 2.4 create a huge amount of shared memory segments
Date Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:30:56 GMT
I'm currently working on a migration from Apache 2.2 to 2.4 (2.4.10). I'm
facing an issue with the usage of proxy_balancer with Apache 2.4. They now
require the module to work correctly.

I have added this module but i noticed that a single proxy_balancer now
creates many memory shared segments on the OS. The problem is that my
configuration declares many proxy_balancer (nearly 100), actually i soon as
i declare more that 10 proxy balancers, i encountered this error :

    [proxy_balancer:emerg] [pid 1430:tid 140583699289856] (28)No space left
on device: AH01185: worker slotmem_create failed

After many investigation i finally identified that the shared memory
segment is the ressource exceeded which raises that error.

On my OS (RHEL 6.4), i have the following configuration :

    ------ Shared Memory Limits --------
    max number of segments = 4096
    max seg size (kbytes) = 67108864
    max total shared memory (kbytes) = 17179869184
    min seg size (bytes) = 1

I also noticed that a single proxy_balancer creates almost 350 shm on the

Is it normal that a single proxy_balancer creates so many shm ?

Do i really have to increase the memory segment on my system in huge
proportion to handle all my proxy_balancers ?

Am i missing something ? :)

Thanks in advance.

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