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From Cliff Woolley <>
Subject Re: is httpd a valid way to start Apache?
Date Thu, 16 May 2002 19:22:34 GMT
On 16 May 2002, Jeff Trawick wrote:

> Who would be in favor of this, or parts thereof?  I'm anxious to see a
> consensus so that steps toward the goal can be filled in over time.
> 1) httpd can't be used directly on Unix because of environment
>    variable settings


>   or "shouldn't", take your pick; I suspect that we're better off if
>   httpd doesn't work anymore without some magic that people debugging
>   it would know (maybe AP_DEBUG allows it to work directly)

httpd should definitely not become the wrapper script.  Leave httpd as the
binary and apachectl as the wrapper.

> 2) httpd picks up the following function from apachectl:
>    a) "apachectl start" -> "httpd -k start"
>       (it is different from plain "httpd")

Fine.  More consistent with Win32.

> 3) apachectl becomes a simple wrapper script for httpd

You could do both 2 and 3 I suppose, but ... nah.  #2 is enough to remove
the complexity from apachectl.


   Cliff Woolley
   Charlottesville, VA

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