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From Scott Hess <>
Subject RE: is httpd a valid way to start Apache?
Date Thu, 16 May 2002 21:50:50 GMT
On Thu, 16 May 2002, Joshua Slive wrote:
> On Thu, 16 May 2002, Ryan Bloom wrote:
> > My own opinion is that we leave things exactly as they are today.  If
> > you are running the binary by hand, you are taking some responsibility
> > for knowing what you are doing.  That means having the environment
> > variables setup correctly before you start.
> >
> > If you don't want that responsibility, use apachectl to run the 
> > server.  Trying to solve this problem any other way just seems like we 
> > are asking for trouble.
> I think that is exactly what this proposal is saying.  But at the same
> time it is cleaning up apachectl and adding some useful functionality to
> httpd.  As I've said, the current apachectl is over-complicated and the
> split between apachectl and httpd is confusing to some people.  This
> change would clear that up.

Would it make sense to move the httpd binary to .../libexec/httpd?  That
makes it clear that this is an internal binary which you shouldn't run
directly, unless you're really smart.  Then apachectl stays in .../sbin/.

[Idea courtesy of mysql's mysqld.]


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