the best way to configure apache is by command line. the gui does not work...everytime you use it, if there is something the gui has not been configured to know, it deletes it leading to cascading failures like you are doing. i would highly suggest that if you want to configure any .conf files, you do it yourself...not to rip linux...i love the penguin that roars...
the failure may have started however, but before you start anything you should go to the directory you are about to work in and
cp file file.back
so you have a back-up if anything happens. the gui did probably not recognize your system correctly and when it rewrote, failed the entire thing.
after you have wrote by command line, use
to check how you have done and then you do not have to worry about cascading failures like you are facing...and if you have a back-up you can just revert to that if you did mess things up...
Last edited by Matir; 02-08-2008 at 03:06 PM.