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A2ENCONF(8) System Manager's Manual A2ENCONF(8)


a2enconf, a2disconf - enable or disable an apache2 configuration file


a2enconf [-q|--quiet] [-m|--maintmode] [ configuration ]

a2disconf [-q|--quiet] [-m|--maintmode] [-p|--purge] [ configuration ]


This manual page documents briefly the a2enconf and a2disconf commands.

a2enconf is a script that enables the specified configuration file within the apache2 configuration. It does this by creating symlinks within /etc/apache2/conf-enabled. Likewise, a2disconf disables a specific configuration part by removing those symlinks. It is not an error to enable a configuration which is already enabled, or to disable one which is already disabled.

Note that many configuration file may have a dependency to specific modules. Unlike module dependencies, these are not resolved automatically. Configuration fragments stored in the conf-available directory are considered non-essential or being installed and manged by reverse dependencies (e.g. web scripts).


Don't show informative messages.
Enables the maintainer mode, that is the program invocation is effectuated automatically by a maintainer script. This switch should not be used by end users.
When disabling a module, purge all traces of the module in the internal state data base.


a2enconf and a2disconf exit with status 0 if all configurations are processed successfully, 1 if errors occur, 2 if an invalid option was used.


a2enconf security
a2disconf charset

Enables Apache security directives stored in the security configuration files, and disables the charset configuration.


Directory with files giving information on available configuration files.
Directory with links to the files in conf-available for enabled configuration files.


apache2ctl(8), a2enmod(8), a2dismod(8), a2ensite(8), a2dissite(8).


This manual page was written by Arno Toell <> for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, as it is a Debian-specific script with the package.

14 February 2012