i've found the reports of shared/unshared memory to be completely
useless

the only way i've been able to bench memory usage is to run TOP in a
terminal, and then kill/start apaches with new min_children settings,
to find out the cost of the base memory , + each child. then make
100-500 requests on each child to test the process growth.

which version of apache are you using? are you using threads?

on my app, which i've extensively profiles, i've got about 110MB of
shared memory, and each child consumes 10-20 mb of unshared memory

// Jonathan Vanasco

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