apachectl



APACHECTL(8)                       apachectl                      APACHECTL(8)




NAME

       apachectl - Apache HTTP Server Control Interface



SYNOPSIS

       When  acting in pass-through mode, apachectl can take all the arguments
       available for the httpd binary.


       apachectl [ httpd-argument ]


       When acting in SysV init mode, apachectl takes  simple,  one-word  com-
       mands, defined below.


       apachectl command




SUMMARY

       apachectl  is  a  front  end  to the Apache HyperText Transfer Protocol
       (HTTP) server. It is designed to help  the  administrator  control  the
       functioning of the Apache httpd daemon.


       The  apachectl  script can operate in two modes. First, it can act as a
       simple front-end to the httpd command that simply  sets  any  necessary
       environment  variables and then invokes httpd, passing through any com-
       mand line arguments. Second, apachectl can act as a SysV  init  script,
       taking  simple  one-word  arguments  like start, restart, and stop, and
       translating them into appropriate signals to httpd.


       If your Apache installation uses non-standard paths, you will  need  to
       edit  the  apachectl  script  to set the appropriate paths to the httpd
       binary. You can also specify any necessary  httpd  command  line  argu-
       ments. See the comments in the script for details.


       The  apachectl  script  returns a 0 exit value on success, and >0 if an
       error occurs. For more details, view the comments in the script.




OPTIONS

       Only the SysV init-style options are defined here. Other arguments  are
       defined on the httpd manual page.



       start  Start  the  Apache httpd daemon. Gives an error if it is already
              running. This is equivalent to apachectl -k start.

       stop   Stops the Apache httpd daemon. This is equivalent  to  apachectl
              -k stop.

       restart
              Restarts  the Apache httpd daemon. If the daemon is not running,
              it is started. This command automatically checks the  configura-
              tion  files  as  in  configtest before initiating the restart to
              make  sure  the  daemon  doesn’t  die.  This  is  equivalent  to
              apachectl -k restart.

       fullstatus
              Displays a full status report from mod_status. For this to work,
              you need to have mod_status enabled on your server and  a  text-
              based  browser  such  as  lynx available on your system. The URL
              used to access the status report can be set by editing the  STA-
              TUSURL variable in the script.

       status Displays  a  brief  status  report.  Similar  to  the fullstatus
              option, except that the list of requests currently being  served
              is omitted.

       graceful
              Gracefully  restarts  the  Apache httpd daemon. If the daemon is
              not running, it is started. This differs from a  normal  restart
              in  that  currently  open  connections  are  not aborted. A side
              effect is that old log files will  not  be  closed  immediately.
              This  means that if used in a log rotation script, a substantial
              delay may be necessary to ensure that  the  old  log  files  are
              closed before processing them. This command automatically checks
              the configuration files as in configtest before  initiating  the
              restart  to  make sure Apache doesn’t die. This is equivalent to
              apachectl -k graceful.

       configtest
              Run a configuration file syntax test. It parses  the  configura-
              tion  files and either reports Syntax Ok or detailed information
              about  the  particular  syntax  error.  This  is  equivalent  to
              apachectl -t.


       The following additional option is available, but deprecated.



       startssl
              This  is  equivalent  to  apachectl -k start -DSSL. We recommend
              that you  use  that  command  explicitly,  or  you  adjust  your
              httpd.conf  to  remove  the  <IfDefine> section so that SSL will
              always be available.




Apache HTTP Server                2004-01-06                      APACHECTL(8)

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