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Have you done anything with your firewall lately? It is possible to block your loopback address (localhost, 127.0.0.1) with a firewall.
If you re-install it, then you should rename your config file so it will get re-written. If you download and extract apache from the site, it may have a default config file in the source that you can copy over.
No, I am not talking about /etc/host (I cant even find that, I am using RH 9 if that makes a diff). I am talking about /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts, there used to be a Lo somthing there (I dont remember exactly what it was), but I read somewhere that it was for loop back functions.
I'm running FC1 (so it should be the same or close to RH9's) and here is what I have for the file you said is gone....
[benji@benfedora network-scripts]$ cat ifcfg-lo
# If you're having problems with gated making 127.0.0.0/8 a martian,
# you can change this to something else (255.255.255.255, for example)
after you put that in you can reboot or run "/etc/init.d/network restart"
Thanks benjithegreat98! That is exactly what I needed. Now I can ping localhost and 127.0.0.1, but when I try to go to http://localhost or http://127.0.0.1, Mozilla says "The connection was refused when attempting to contact localhost" So I am still having troubles with that.
*EDIT* I got it to work now, forgot to start apache again. I need to have it start on boot up. Thanks for all of the help!