Turning on server-status (and server-inf0) lets you keep an eye on your Apache server’s activity, etc. The docs I ran across said simply to enable:
LoadModule status_module libexec/apache2/mod_status.so
But that’s not the whole story. You’ve also got to add some directives to httpd.conf:
“ExtendedStatus” is optional, but it provides more info. The next part is required:
<Location /server-status> SetHandler server-status Order deny,allow #Allow from all Deny from all Allow from 188.8.131.52/26 #autsys </Location>
This instructs Apache to respond to /server-status by generating… the server status! You might want to change the location to something more opaque (like: s-stat) if you are worried about snoopers.
You can also get a lot of information by activating server-info:
# Added by MRS 2010MAR19 <Location /server-info> SetHandler server-info Order deny,allow Deny from all Allow from 184.108.40.206/26 #autsys </Location>
Notice also the aggressive permissions: start by denying all access and then allowing only your IP address or address range. If you don’t have a fixed IP address, you maybe shouldn’t be doing this, eh?