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How to stop httpd on windows

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I start httpd.exe from a PHP script, using this command string on Win7:

 start /b  /d ...httpd.exe -f myhttpd.conf

This appears to work OK. However, when it comes to stopping it I have an error message. I'm trying initially from the console prompt:

 httpd.exe -k stop -f pathtomyhttpd.conf

and the message is:

 (OS 5)Access is denied. : failed to open the Apache2.2 Service

What is the right way to do this?

posted Dec 2, 2013 by Jai Prakash

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1 Answer

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Theres no "right way" . (Somebody needs to add a "-k stopconsole" action to do the right thing.)
When you cant hit Ctrl-Break in the console window for an httpd running in a console, you have to whack the httpd processes forcibly, and hope that nothing needed to be cleaned up.

answer Dec 2, 2013 by Sonu Jindal
The httpd.exe instance is in fact not running in a console, but it amounts to the same thing in terms of my being unable to cleanly terminate it. taskkill doesn't deal with the child task, but I did find pskill after a bit of poking around, that will at least manage that. Ah well. Now I have to verify that I can do that from within a PHP script.
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