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Old 05-13-2004, 03:29 PM   #1
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Apache start fails... no error messages given


I have Fedora Core 1 and installed Apache server form its instalation CDs. I try yo do

service http start


Starting httpd: [FAILED]

I donīt get any error message... anybody knows where to find them?

Thanks in advance
Old 05-13-2004, 03:38 PM   #2
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maybe you get an error because Apache is ALREADY running.

try this command "apachectl graceful"

if this command doesnt exist under you distribution i can't help you sorry..

Old 05-13-2004, 04:37 PM   #3
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No, it is not the problem, I tried /usr/sbin/apachectl graceful , told me that httpd is not running and tried to start it... but no success, no error message again. I also tried service httpd restart and doesnīt stop anything (since is not runing).... thanks for your try anyway.

Any other idea?
Old 05-13-2004, 04:48 PM   #4
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Also try 'apachectl configtest' to see if your httpd.conf is syntacticly correct.

What does the apache error log say?

If you don't know where it is try


locate error_log

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Old 05-13-2004, 05:04 PM   #5
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Nothing special. It gives three lines every time I try to start it:

[Thu May 13 21:39:11 2004] [notice] suEXEC mechanism enabled (wrapper: /usr/sbin/suexec)
[Thu May 13 22:07:27 2004] [notice] LDAP: Built with OpenLDAP LDAP SDK
[Thu May 13 22:07:27 2004] [notice] LDAP: SSL support unavailable
[Thu May 13 22:07:28 2004] [notice] suEXEC mechanism enabled (wrapper: /usr/sbin/suexec)
[Thu May 13 22:07:31 2004] [notice] LDAP: Built with OpenLDAP LDAP SDK
[Thu May 13 22:07:31 2004] [notice] LDAP: SSL support unavailable
[Thu May 13 22:07:32 2004] [notice] suEXEC mechanism enabled (wrapper: /usr/sbin/suexec)

is any of these lines problematic?
Old 05-14-2004, 12:16 PM   #6
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Nope this lines ok for what I can see..

You might want to look into
error logs doesn't contain nothing before the server is started..

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Old 05-15-2004, 08:18 AM   #7
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No more information than the command line in /var/log/messages

May 15 13:23:08 gandalf httpd: httpd startup failed

My system seems a little bit inexpresive. Isnīt it there any oher log or something?. Thanks for your replys... :-(
Old 05-25-2004, 09:30 PM   #8
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Don't know if this is any help but I just had the same problem on a Debian Testing machine, I fixed it by upgrading php4 to the latest version.

Good luck!
Old 05-26-2004, 01:09 AM   #9
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did you compile anything into apache. From source, what distro are you using.

More importantly, have you edited you conf file? if so post some of it.
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you may want to start it with

httpd -e debug
might give you more of an idea what going on

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Old 05-26-2004, 05:50 AM   #11
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Thanks Jonasx

I found it was a problem of SSL configuration. Still wondering why Apache didn't dive any error on this. Anyway, is good to know there is a debug mode!!!. May be useful in the future.
Old 05-28-2004, 10:43 PM   #12
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Where did you find yer answer? I have the same issue after upgrading to Man 10 (At Work!). Worked great at home, no errors nothing, here it just wont start.

I don't see any ssl mods in the httpd2.conf

Old 05-29-2004, 09:07 AM   #13
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I was lucky, just edited a couple of lines in ssl.conf and worked.

# Server Private Key:
# If the key is not combined with the certificate, use this
# directive to point at the key file. Keep in mind that if
# you've both a RSA and a DSA private key you can configure
# both in parallel (to also allow the use of DSA ciphers, etc.)
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.key/server.key
#SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.key/server-dsa.key

these lines where what I changed.

Maybe you should try:

httpd -e debug

to see what happens Apache tells..


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