Bug 50082 - apachectl status returns incorrect exit code
Summary: apachectl status returns incorrect exit code
Alias: None
Product: Apache httpd-2
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Core (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2.11
Hardware: PC Linux
: P2 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List
Keywords: MassUpdate
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-10-12 16:34 UTC by Brett Okken
Modified: 2018-11-07 21:08 UTC (History)
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Description Brett Okken 2010-10-12 16:34:20 UTC
apachectl status returns 0 regardless if httpd is running or not.

A message indicating failure is written to console when httpd is down:
Alert!: Unable to connect to remote host
lynx: Can't access startfile http://localhots/server-status
Comment 1 Eric Covener 2010-10-12 17:58:58 UTC
I wouldn't want apachectl to try to guess why lynx returned a bad status, but I don't see any reason why it couldn't pass the return code along.  

Giving this bug 24h to stew in case there is some objection (all the branches that actually call httpd do this)
Comment 2 Brett Okken 2010-10-13 21:47:43 UTC
Looks like fullstatus has the same problem as well.
Comment 3 Brett Okken 2010-12-13 17:43:57 UTC
What is the status of this? Were there any objections after stewing?
Comment 4 Eric Covener 2010-12-13 18:00:05 UTC
the pipe for awk in the "status" cmd makes us drop the return code anyway, so not as straightforward to fix in a portable way
Comment 5 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:08:58 UTC
Please help us to refine our list of open and current defects; this is a mass update of old and inactive Bugzilla reports which reflect user error, already resolved defects, and still-existing defects in httpd.

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