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From Issac Goldstand <>
Subject Re: Concurrency with mod_perl 2.01 on Windows
Date Tue, 07 Mar 2006 10:41:43 GMT
Hey Rod,

You're only supposed to get 2 processes on win32.  The win32 mpm
supports only one master process and one child processes (which causes
all sorts of issues and delays when the child process segfaults :-( ).
The child process loads by default with 250 worker threads which are the
"instances" you seem to be referring to.  By default mod_perl loads 1
perl interpreter into the parent process and then clones it 3 times
(tunable - see
 into the child process.  The clones are then made available to the
worker threads as explained at
(someone please correct me if that's wrong - my mp internals knowledge
is still somewhat limited)

So you'll always see 2 processes on win32 in the task manager
processlist though you can also check the thread counts to see the
workers).  Hope that helps somewhat.


Rod Morris wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm porting some old perl code to a new installation of Apache/2.0.54
> (Win32) mod_perl/2.0.1 on Windows 2003 Server. In testing some file
> locking code, I noticed that response seemed very slow when I dumped in
> multiple jobs via multiple browsers to the server. I added a timer and
> saw the scripts waiting for one to finish before the next started as if
> they were queued waiting for the server.
> I've got another server running freeBSD and it's set up to run mutilple
> instance of Apache which seems to deal with this. But on Windows, I
> haven't added anything for this and it comes up by default with 2
> instances of Apache.
> It's my impression that threading should be used to deal with mutilple
> requests for one script, but that's not what I'm seeing. I'm seeing one
> script wait and then start when the last one finishes. MY script just
> gets the time, sleeps and then gets the time again.
> Am I missing a configuration option or do I need a different version of
> perl? I installed for the standard combined Apache/mod_perl distribution.
> Thanks,
> Rod Morris

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