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Meaning of below configuration details of apache httpd.conf file?

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Hello, I would like to understand the meaning of below configuration details in the httpd.conf. Currently I see there are 14 httpd daemon as the output of ps -eaf. Could someone please explain me how much _MAXIMUM_ simultaneously http connection my web server can handle and why? Thanks!

MinSpareServers 5
MaxSpareServers 10
StartServers 15
MaxClients 300
MaxRequestsPerChild 50000

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MinSpareServers and MaxSpareServers are the opposite ends of the same stick
if there are more idle processes than MaxSpareServers then the extra idle processes will be killed and vice versa if there are less idle process than MinSpareServers then extra processes will be created.  More about these two can be found here http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/prefork.html

MaxClients sets the maximum number of Concurrent connections you web server will process. -in your case 300 - note that this doesn't mean its the optimal number just the max
MaxClients info can be found here http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mpm_common.html#maxclients

StartServers is the number of process to start when the server starts more info can be found here http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mpm_common.html#startservers

MaxRequestsPerChild limits the number of requests a process will handle before it dies - 0 equals infinte.  It is used in the case of a slow memory leak
More info can be found here http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mpm_common.html#maxrequestsperchild

Finally an article on tuning apache can be found here http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/misc/perf-tuning.html
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Thank you! :-)
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