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Old 03-05-2005, 07:25 PM   #1
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Apache 2 errors out

Hi there,

Any help on this topic would be GREATLY appreciated.

I am following the tutorials in O'Reilly's "Definitive Guide to Apache" and unfortunately I am unable to get past step one in getting Apache to launch.

My entire httpd.conf consists of the following:
User webuser
Group webgroup

ServerName avocet

Listen 80

DocumentRoot /usr/www/APACHE3/site.toddle/htdocs/

#fix 'Out of the Box' default problems - remove leading #s if necessary
#ServerRoot /usr/www/APACHE3/site.toddle
#ErrorLog logs/error_log
#PIDFile logs/
#TypesConfig conf/mime.types


And there is a little script to get it going that reads:

test -d logs || mkdir logs
/usr/sbin/httpd -f `pwd`/conf/httpd.conf -d `pwd`

These are all example files from the O'Reilly site. However any time I try to launch "go" I get the error:


Syntax error on line 8 of /usr/local/www/APACHE3/site.toddle/conf/httpd.conf:
DocumentRoot must be a directory

Even though document root is obviously a directory!


drwxr-xr-x 3 502 games 4096 Mar 5 20:17 conf
-rwxr-xr-x 1 502 games 77 Jan 3 2002 go
drwxr-xr-x 2 502 games 4096 Jan 2 2001 htdocs
drwxr-xr-x 2 502 games 4096 Feb 5 2001 logs


Very perplexing, indeed. Any help here would be GREATLY appreciated!


Last edited by bluethundr; 03-05-2005 at 10:36 PM.
Old 03-06-2005, 04:59 PM   #2
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well assuming that this APACHE3 dierctory is the same one throughout, you've got the wrong path... there's a "local/" missing.
Old 03-12-2005, 11:57 PM   #3
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Talking DOH!

Gues that one was kind of obvious when you read the fine print. Thanks for the reply! But, NOW what 's going on is that when I navigate to the page locally it 404's. Even though the httpd.conf file seems to be setup properly (now).

Sorry for the late reply but I have been away on vacation and didn't have access to my linux b0x0r.

Any help would be appreciated! This seemingly trivial Apache shite is driving me nuts!


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