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The Apache-webserver starts in out configuration a CGI-script for some requests. That is a shell-script, that basically starts a mapserver with some parameters. As the mapserver-process uses many resources, we want to limit the number of processes started at the same time.

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apart of doing some logic into your scripts you use some mechanism that is built into apache see http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-apache-setting-perl-cgi-script-limits.html

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