Our server limits out the number of processes it can handle.
By default it was 100 and I changed it to the Max 256.(I am not considering to recompile apache and increase the max 256. 256 is hard coded in the kernel)
The thing is I am not sure if all the processes are real. Ther are not zomby for sure. Base on log analyzer report, I am guessing that we have 60 or 70 users on the site in the same time. but number of http processes can reach to 259 and apache web server stops responding to any new request at the moment.
If I run apachctl graceful in this time, generaly 10 processes remain and rest of them will be gone.
Any idea how I can handle this problem. How can i know if those processes are real.
Thanks in advance