Subject: Re: 'Couldn't spawn child process'
To: Perry E. Metzger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Rick Byers <email@example.com>
Date: 06/04/1997 09:30:17
On Tue, 3 Jun 1997, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> Rick Byers writes:
> > What other hard limits should I look at? I've also
> > been seeing 'can't fork' on our news server, but I assumed that was lack
> > of memory. I've never seen theese messages before - actualy, I only
> > started having problem after upgrading from 1.2 to 1.2.1.
> This seems very weird -- 1.2.1 didn't change enough to cause such
> things to happen. It was just a bunch of small bug patches.
Thanks Perry, I'm glad to here that. I expect it's just a co-incidence of
increased load on our server, at the same time I upgraded. I'm going to
try unlimiting the maxprocesses (since they get changed to nobody). I
don't think 80 servers were running, but maybe they were. If it's hitting
that limit, I guess that would explain it.
I've got a question though. RLIMIT_NPROC is defined as "The maximum
number of simultaneous processes for this user id". Would that not cause
problems with other things then? If I set httpd to be running with
unlimited, and say it does use more than 80 - other things that use the
nobody account will fail - correct? Should I just make an http user?
Rick Byers Internet Access Worldwide
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Welland, Ontario, Canada (905)714-1400