Runaway apache processes
Late on thursday evening my Apache server went haywire and started new processes like crazy making the load get extremely high (went up to 250 or something like that). After reaching the maxclient config setting processes started seg faulting according to the error_log.
The strange thing is that I hadn't done anyting, no new programs, no new websites for some time or anything really. The last thing I did was installing MySQL 4.0.6 when it was released, but that was something like December 16 and it's been working fine since then.
I'm running Red Hat 7.1 with most rpm upgrades available. Linux kernel 2.4.18, Apache 1.3.26 (without SSL), PHP 4.2.3 and MySQL 4.0.6.
I've searched on Google but haven't found anything that really applies, there was some problem with apache < 1.2 that seemed a bit similar but that was it.
Does anyone know what this can be as I have no idea where to start looking.