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graceful shutdown

I know how to gracefully restart Apache web server under Unix like operating system. I made changes to nginx.conf. How do I gracefully restart Nginx web server? How do I make changes in a Nginx server config file to take effect without restarting the Nginx server itself without interrupting users' current session?
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Gracefully Restart Lighttpd Web Server

How do I restart my lighttpd+php fastcgi web server gracefully under Linux / UNIX operating systems?
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Linux: Skip or Bypass a Fsck

Q. I know how to force fsck on the next reboot using /forcefsck file. But how do I skip or bypass a fsck on reboot? How to stop a FSCK from prompting or running automatically when rebooting server.
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Q. I've couple of Linux / Windows server hosted in remote data center? My ISP provides following option for rebooting the box:
a) Graceful shutdown command
b) An IPMI reboot
c) A power strip

Which one is the best way to reboot server and why?
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