I've started using GD to create a photo gallery with on the fly thumbnail generation.
Everything works well except that GD seems to be pretty resource intensive. When generating 100 thumbnails the server takes quite a CPU hit. This is bad because the server is used for other things as well (playing games for instance). Apache, having a "normal" priority level, has no qualms about making other processes crawl. It's just a P3-500.
I've alleviated the problem by creating a caching system, but still, the only real solution for me would be to give Apache Low or Idle process priority.
HOW in the world can i do this? Apache runs as a Windows 2000 service, and W2K seems to have absolutely no provisions for adjusting the priority of services. It's quite sad really.
If important, i'm using:
W2k Pro SP3
I'm gonna snap and put linux back on if this is unfixable
Thanks much for ANY input...