Restart Apache Server without affecting existing connections

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Sometimes you want to restart your Apache server after changing some configuration in your virutual hosts,sites etc, but you have few hundred clients currently downloading files from your server and you don’t want to disconnect them.

You need to use the following command

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 graceful

This will gracefully restart your Apache with new configuration without affecting your client’s connections.

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3 Responses

  1. sadotmd says:

    It would be better to test first the Apache configuration file for errors:
    /etc/init.d/apache2 configtest

  2. anonymous says:

    Hey thanks for reference, just used it.

  3. G says:

    Great tip, thanks.

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