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Add apachectl to IBM i for Controlling Apache Web Instances

Here at Seiden Group, we seek ways to make IBM i systems more congenial for developers accustomed to other platforms, such as Linux. Developers coming from a non-IBM i background know how to run the apachectl command to start, restart, and end an Apache web server instance. Instead of apachectl, however, IBM i provides a web-based graphical interface and the commands STRTCPSVR and ENDTCPSVR (be sure to prompt those for parameters using F4). To supply the “missing” apachectl command for IBM i, I have written a BASH shell script that simulates apachectl on IBM i.