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From Richard Lloyd <...@connect.org.uk>
Subject general/2629: apachectl "fibs" about starting httpd
Date Wed, 15 Jul 1998 14:40:15 GMT

>Number:         2629
>Category:       general
>Synopsis:       apachectl "fibs" about starting httpd
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Jul 15 07:50:00 PDT 1998
>Originator:     rkl@connect.org.uk
>Release:        1.3.0
All OS's (I'm using HP-UX 10.20)
The installed sbin/apachectl script *always* says "httpd started", even if
Apache falls over and dies spectacularly as it initialises !
Mis-configure your Apache to deliberately crash out during initialisation.
Run "apachectl start" and see the script say "httpd started", despite the
httpd having fallen over during initialisation.
Add extra checks after starting the httpd into the apachectl script.
For example, sleep a few seconds and then do the same check that you do
to see if it's already running again (i.e. look for the PIDFILE, do a ps -p
and so on) - that way you can truly report whether the httpd has properly
inited. I'd also recommend that on a start failure, you tell the user
to look in <apacheinstalltree>/var/log/error_log for the reason for the
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