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/usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6906 0.0 0.1 187032 5448 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6907 0.0 0.1 187032 5448 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6908 0.0 0.1 187032 5448 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6909 0.0 0.1 187032 5448 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6910 0.7 0.1 187712 7024 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6911 1.7 0.1 188216 7036 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6912 0.5 0.1 187712 7020 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6913 0.4 0.1 188216 7028 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6914 0.8 0.1 188216 7028 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6915 0.7 0.1 188216 7028 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6916 0.5 0.1 188216 7028 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6917 0.2 0.1 188216 7024 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6918 0.5 0.1 188216 7028 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6919 0.8 0.1 188216 7028 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6920 0.5 0.1 187712 7020 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6921 0.8 0.1 187712 7020 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6922 1.0 0.1 188216 7024 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6923 0.6 0.1 188216 7024 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6924 1.5 0.1 187712 7020 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6925 0.1 0.1 187712 7012 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6926 1.2 0.1 187712 7016 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6927 0.5 0.1 188216 7028 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL nobody 6928 1.2 0.1 187712 7024 ? S 13:20 0:00 /usr/local/apache/bin/httpd -k start -DSSL

I have 258 of these running. I stopped httpd, and it went back down to 0. I started it back up, and it quickly went back to 258. I have never seen this before. Anyone know what's wrong?

I'm running CentOS5.5 with Apache2.2 on cPanel.

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You have many workers configured, I am not sure which module you are using but the relevant section is

<IfModule prefork.c>
StartServers       8
MinSpareServers    5
MaxSpareServers   20
ServerLimit      256
MaxClients       256
MaxRequestsPerChild  4000
</IfModule>
<IfModule worker.c>
StartServers         4
MaxClients         300
MinSpareThreads     25
MaxSpareThreads     75
ThreadsPerChild     25
MaxRequestsPerChild  0
</IfModule>

You could check it and see how many servers you have. I presume it is 250+.

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While not the best way, you could brute-force it with chmod -x /path/to/apachebinary

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