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From Peter Beichert <>
Subject limit number of connections tomcat accepts
Date Wed, 06 Jan 2010 08:03:57 GMT

I like to limit the number of connections tomcat (6.0.20) accepts. However, 
this is not possible. 

For testing purpose I use the following connector statement:

<Connector port="8080" acceptCount="5" maxThreads="3" minSpareThread="1" 
maxSpareThreads="2" />

Here only 3 threads should process the requests and 5 more requests should be 

If I start 100 parallel requests to a servlet which does nothing else than 
waiting 5 seconds, I would expect that only 8 requests would be accepted, the 
rest should receive a connection refused. 
However all 100 Requests a accepted and it takes a long time until they finish.

I use Debian Linux and have the same behavior with suns jdk1.6.0_17 and the 

I appreciate any help how to solve this problem.


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