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From Rainer Jung <>
Subject Re: disable pid file writing?
Date Wed, 08 May 2013 20:29:03 GMT
On 08.05.2013 20:06, William A. Rowe Jr. wrote:
> On Mon, 6 May 2013 23:42:27 +0100
> Tom Jones <> wrote:
>> We use process supervision and don't have a use for pid files.  We
>> are running multiple httpd instances, and have the config management
>> to create a writable configured place for each instance to put its
>> pid file.
> Surely you have the very same problem with the various fcntl/mutex and
> disk-backed shared mem segments, as well as log files?  This seems
> fairly incidental to the big picture.
>> This config management has some ongoing cost to maintain, and we would
>> find it nicer if we could just disable pid files in our apache httpd
>> configurations.
> Of course apachectl requires this, but it's pretty clear you aren't
> using apachectl in the first place...
>> Before going further, I just wanted to get a feel for what others
>> think of the idea of geing able to disable pid files.  If added,
>> should it be done with a special value given to the PidFile directive
>> (such as the empty string), or should a new directive be introduced
>> such as DisablePidFile?
> No, another directive simply confused the issue.  Wouldn't "/dev/null"
> be the appropriate PidFile value, with special case handling of that
> specific string?

Careful: I didn't test it but we delete the pid file during web server
shutdown. That might remove /dev/null then.

On a quick look through the code I had the impression you can not easily
get rid of the pid file.



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