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 commands,
       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 command
       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 arguments.
       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 configuration
              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 STATUSURL
              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.

       graceful-stop
              Gracefully stops the Apache httpd daemon. This differs from a
              normal stop in that currently open connections are not aborted. A
              side effect is that old log files will not be closed immediately.
              This is equivalent to apachectl -k graceful-stop.

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


       The following option was available in earlier versions but has been
       removed.



       startssl
              To start httpd with SSL support, you should edit your
              configuration file to include the relevant directives and then use
              the normal apachectl start.




Apache HTTP Server                 2005-08-26                       APACHECTL(8)