Beyond that you’re on your own, as building Apache on Windows is not
exactly a ‘getting started’ topic! You can find more (possibly
outdated) information on the Apache site at
On Unix systems, you use the
apachectl script to
manage the Web server. This script typically lives in the
bin/ subdirectory under the ServerRoot. If Apache
has been installed according to the assumptions
made by this article, that means you should shut the server down
with a command like this:
# /usr/local/web/apache/bin/apachectl stop
If this doesn’t work, the alternative is to locate the master
httpd process and send it a SIGTERM signal.
apachectl failed, you should check
with someone about how to proceed — not that there’s any
danger, just that it can be confusing unless you’re familiar
with Unix and process management tools.
On Windows, you can either stop a running Apache server process
by choosing the Stop Apache item from the
Apache Web Server programme group, or by issuing the
following in a DOS window:
C:Program FilesApache GroupAPACHE>apache -k stop
If you have previously installed the Apache Web server on your
Windows system, it is a good idea -- a very good idea, in
fact -- to uninstall it before upgrading, or even re-installing the
To deinstall Apache from your system, choose the Add/Remove Programs
control panel item. You should be able to get this from the
task bar by choosing Start->Settings->Control Panel
and double-clicking on the Add/Remove Programs icon.
Apache should be one of the applications available to remove. Select
it, and click on the Add/Remove... button.
How you install the Apache Web server software depends on your
platform and the type of package you downloaded. For example,
the Windows installation is a simple point-and-click operation;
for Unix it can be a little more complex.
This is perhaps the simplest option of all. Once you’ve acquired the
RPM file (which you have to get from some other location than the Apache
distribution site; the Apache Software Foundation doesn’t distribute RPM
files), you can just ‘make it so’ by being logged in as root and
issuing the following command from the directory where the Apache RPM file
# rpm -Uvh apache*
Of course, this may or may not install the source tree, and probably
won’t put files into the same directories as
assumed by this article — you’ll need to
find out the differences and make adjustments.