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From Mark Butler <butl...@xmission.com>
Subject config/4265: Apache dies after 'apachectl restart' on syntactically valid httpd.conf files
Date Fri, 16 Apr 1999 22:30:04 GMT

>Number:         4265
>Category:       config
>Synopsis:       Apache dies after 'apachectl restart' on syntactically valid httpd.conf
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Apr 16 15:40:01 PDT 1999
>Originator:     butlerm@xmission.com
>Release:        1.3.6
Right now, Apache shuts down the server during an apachectl restart if the httpd.conf file

refers to a syntactically valid, but unknown directive.  This happens both due
to spelling errors or leaving out a LoadModule directive.  This is not acceptable in
a production environment with multiple virtual hosts.  Rather, the server should
issue a warning and keep processing.

1. The server could issue a warning and ignore the improper directive.
2. The server could check any configuration before restarting.
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