Chapter 3. Starting, Stopping, and Restarting


There are two kinds of fool. One says, “This is old, and therefore good.” And one says “This is new, and therefore better.”

 --The Shockwave Rider—John Brunner

Now that your server is installed, you need to get it running. Don't be concerned that we've devoted an entire chapter to this. It really is simple. But, there are some additional things that you'll want to know about starting, stopping, and restarting your server.


Most of the time, you want to use apachectl to start and stop your server. apachectl is a handy little script designed to take the grunt work out of starting, stopping, and restarting Apache.

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