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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Web Serving
Created by Guest
Created on May 24, 2021

Reload in Apache

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


Use Case:

An example use case would be

1. Make change to config
2. Use reload
3. Have changes take effect without dropping connections


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    IBM understands this requirement. Not sure its possible to deliver within a reasonable effort, as IBM HTTP server is built with ILE jobs vs being a multithreaded process. This enhancement will be reviewed and delivered if possible.

  • Guest
    Aug 2, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Web Serving
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Jul 12, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a HIGH priority requirement that is important to address.
    Having this functionality available on the IBM i would be very useful and allow for less downtime. This feature will be essential for companies that are running 24/7 and have has an apache strategy for web serving.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    May 24, 2021

    I've been looking for this or something similar. Please add.