The MaxClients directive sets the limit on the number of simultaneous requests that will be served. Any connection attempts over the MaxClients limit will normally be queued, up to a number based on the ListenBacklog directive. Once a child process is freed at the end of a different request, the connection will then be serviced.

For non-threaded servers (i.e., prefork), MaxClients translates into the maximum number of child processes that will be launched to serve requests. The default value is 256; to increase it, you must also raise ServerLimit.

calculating MaxClients value:

 tome=$(free -m | grep -i mem | awk '{print $2}')
 htps=$(ps -aylC httpd |grep "httpd" |awk '{print $8'} |sort -n |tail -n 1)
 mysme=$(ps aux | grep 'mysql' | awk '{print $6}' |sort -n |tail -n 1)
 nmysme=$(expr $mysme / $rafa)
 nhtps=$(expr $htps / $rafa)
 echo -e "\nTotal Memory = $tome"
 echo -e "Largest httpd Process = $nhtps"
 echo -e "Mysql Memory = $nmysme"
 maxc=`expr $tome - $nmysme`
 maxcl=`expr $maxc / $nhtps`
 echo -e "\nSo, The MaxClients = $maxcl"
 echo -e "(we can use nearest round of value from $maxcl)"

For example, copy the above code in a file named “” then

# chmod 755
# ./

The output will belike,
Total Memory = 15905
Largest httpd Process = 16
Mysql Memory = 1934

So, The MaxClients = 873

(we can use nearest round of value from 873)