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Apache has functionality called graceful restart. It allows for reading in a new config without having all the connections dropped.
Typically on other OS you could run something like apachectl -k graceful (or the service manager equivalent).
Having this functionality available on the IBM i would be very useful and allow for less down time. Nginx on the IBM i already has this functionality (nginx -s reload) and it would be nice if Apache also had it.
The official documentation for this feature can be found here https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/stopping.html#graceful
An example use case would be
1. Make change to config 2. Use reload 3. Have changes take effect without dropping connections
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