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How do I dynamically check/list a particular Apache configuration directive? I know that this can be checked manually from httpd.conf file, but is there any other way this can be confirmed/found from a running Apache server process?

For example: In my case, I was checking for KeepAlive configuration directive. I even checked with the command /usr/local/apache2/bin/apachectl -h, but I don't find it here.

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It doesn't look like the apache binary itself will provide this info - from apache docs:


Show the settings as parsed from the config file (currently only shows the virtualhost settings).

There exist options to show modules loaded and compile-time flags used, but the above is the only option related to config settings. It seems even the CGI environment available, as well as info returned by mod_status does not contain the type of details you're looking for.

However, all is not lost - if you're prepared to enable/install the apache module mod_info, you'll find it answers that and many more questions regarding apache configuration.

Example output from the "Server Settings" page of the localhost/server-info location:

Server Version: Apache/2.2.9 (Debian) PHP/5.2.6-1+lenny4 with Suhosin-Patch mod_ssl/2.2.9 OpenSSL/0.9.8g mod_wsgi/2.5 Python/2.5.2

Server Built: Nov 14 2009 20:23:49 Module Magic Number: 20051115:15
Hostname/port: localhost:80
Timeouts: connection: 300
keep-alive: 300 MPM Name: Prefork
MPM Information: Max Daemons: 150 Threaded: no Forked: yes Server Architecture: 32-bit Server Root: /etc/apache2 Config File: /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Note the keep-alive highlighted - if your intention is to script the check (although this could also be done against the config file itself), I think calling lynx --dump localhost/server-info could well assist in your endeavour (after a quick call to a2enmod info and an apache restart).

HTH, and YMMV. :)

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Thanks for your comments. I tried to enable Apache module mod_info by following the instructions given here, but when I invoke http://myserver/server-info, it fails with HTTP 404 Not Found. Of course, I restarted Apache service also. How do I enable/configure this Apache module? – Gnanam Nov 15 '10 at 5:28
Depends which distro you're running and what package management system it is using, really. But first off confirm that the mod_info module is actually loading/loaded into the apache binary, either dynamically or statically. Try the -M and -l flags to the apache binary directly, and see if mod_info or info_module shows up... – Zayne S Halsall Nov 17 '10 at 13:41

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