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From "Philip J Dicke" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Windows rotatelogs, cmd.exe permission
Date Wed, 08 Jul 2009 20:25:21 GMT
This sounds like the solution until the new "real pipes" solution is
implemented.  Thank you all.

On Wed, Jul  8, 2009 02:59 PM Sander Temme <> wrote:
>On Jul 8, 2009, at 11:09 AM, Philip J Dicke wrote:
>> Windows does not seem to have the "apachectl graceful" command that  
>> unix does.
>> The only solution that I see is to run apache, where it writes  
>> straight to a
>> log file, write a script that shuts down httpd, moves the log file  
>> and restarts
>> httpd.
>I've had good success using the following approach:
>1) move the logfiles(s) to a new name, with a timestamp or whatever
>2) Send httpd.exe -n ServiceName -k graceful (wrowe tells us that  
>restart and graceful are the same thing on Windows)
>3) Wait a second, a minute, an hour or whatever you need to make sure  
>the old httpd child has in fact gone away and has stopped writing to  
>the open file descriptor of the old logfile.
>4) Do what you need to do to the old logfile (compress, explode into  
>vhosts, analyze, whatever, it's yours now)
>The fact that httpd keeps writing to the old logfile ensures that you  
>don't miss any log entries, and the graceful restart ensures  
>uninterrupted service.  As wrowe says, the service interface only  
>knows to kill the program under consideration entirely, and then start  
>it up again.  This is obviously too harsh if you expect to keep  
>serving requests, and fortunately not necessary.
>Sander Temme
>PGP FP: 51B4 8727 466A 0BC3 69F4  B7B8 B2BE BC40 1529 24AF

Philip J. Dicke
Penn State ARL
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