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Old 09-22-2003, 08:08 PM   #1
Citizen Bleys
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httpd and dhcp won't play nice

Alright...I have a fresh install of RedHat 8.0. The machine it's on is utter garbage, such that if I go into X at all, it starts crashing worse than Windows 95, so I need to be able to do everything from the command line. That's OK, because the machine's a server.

Now, httpd will run fine as long as eth1 (the NIC that goes out to the internet) is not plugged in. Since the server is doing NAT for me, I pretty much need eth1 to be active.

As soon as I get a dhcp lease from my ISP, though, it changes my hostname, and httpd won't start. It says "http: could not determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using for ServerName"

I went and edited /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf and uncommented the ServerName line and set it to (That's the IP address bound to eth0, the internal interface). Now when I try to do httpd -k restart, all it says is "httpd not running, trying to start"

It fails, because httpd isn't running afterwards, but it won't give me any error messages. I try httpd -k start, and I get no messages whatsoever.

I'm pretty sure it's the dhcp-set hostname that is frigging up apache, but I need to be able to do NAT and httpd at the same time.

I don't particularly care if clients out on the web can see what's on my web server, as long as Windows clients on my LAN can.
Old 09-22-2003, 11:36 PM   #2
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change the listen line on your httpd.conf files to reflect the ip address
safe and exit
edit the /etc/hosts file
and add this line localhost.localdomain localhost
safe and exit

then type
service httpd stop
service httpd start
Old 11-17-2003, 06:44 AM   #3
Citizen Bleys
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I hit the same problem on a different machine; Going through those steps eliminates error messages when I try /usr/sbin/httpd -k start, but it still doesn't work.

if I try /usr/sbin/httpd -k restart, I get "httpd not running, trying to start"

I'm sure there's got to be a log somewhere that tells me what happened, but I don't know where it is.


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