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Restart Apache without closing open connections

After making changes to Apache’s configuration file (httpd.conf), it is necessary to restart Apache for the changes to take effect. A normal restart will close active connections which may cause problems for users.


To restart Apache gracefully without aborting open connections or to start Apache if it is not running:

apachectl graceful

If apachectl is not in your PATH and you don’t know where it is, refer to the recipe Find a file by name to find the location of apachectl, then run it with the fully qualified path, for example:

/usr/local/apache/bin/apachectl graceful

Quinn McHenry
Quinn McHenry
Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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