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I have a few large files on my server (namely a txt file with 32 million digits of pi in it) on my webserver, and occasionally when I access it in a web browser, it might work once or twice, but if I access it any more than that, it seems to crash. What's weird is that the server itself isn't crashing (and I don't even think Apache is crashing) but all of a sudden, the server stops serving content (I usually get a timeout error). The server itself has got decent performance. Does anyone know why this keeps happening?

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closed as not a real question by Michael Hampton, Magellan, Ward, HopelessN00b, Scott Pack Oct 22 '12 at 20:08

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Are you calcuating 32 million digits every time, or is it just serving a flat file that contains the 32 million digits? – Mark Henderson Oct 22 '12 at 3:59
Just serving a static text file with the digits. Definitely not generating every time! – Libbux Oct 22 '12 at 14:26
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It's probably just your browser that is having trouble rendering 32 million digits of π on the screen.

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The same sort of thing happens when I spam refresh a page or ping flood my server - it doesn't go down, but it stops responding... Could it be my gateway trying to block an what it thinks is an "attack"? – Libbux Oct 22 '12 at 14:25

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