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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: cannot spawn child process error for new installation of apache server
Date Thu, 22 Aug 2002 13:51:51 GMT
If your machine is not networked you probably don't have an ethernet card so you won't have
an IP address. So don't bother with a ServerName directtive and apache will just use the loopback
localhost IP address which is Then you will be able to hit the server from a browser
on the same machine at 

If you got messages in the logs when you try to hit the server then it must be up - may be
you meant the pages didn't work? Do static html pages work?
The child process that apache can't spawn is the CGI program itself.. Check your path to perl
on the first line of the program is correct and check you have a ScriptAlias directive for
the CGI directory.


Owen Boyle

>-----Original Message-----
>From: david hawcroft []
>Sent: Donnerstag, 22. August 2002 15:40
>Subject: cannot spawn child process error for new installation 
>of apache
>I have just recently installed Apache on my win2000 machine which is
>also running visual supposedly, though for some reason
>that web server won't come up.
>My machine is stand alone. It is not networked to anything.
>Trying to learn to write cgi scripts I tried to run the
>and got a message in the error log 'can't spawn child process'.
>I wrote the suggested hello world perl script, too and got the same
>I've read enough to know that Apache spawns a child process when it
>runs... so this much it can do....else it wouldn't be running...
>I'm using to find the server but it's also configured with
>a server name: which I stuck in from sheer ignorance. I
>still don't really know if it matters or not.
>Any help/advice will be much appreciated.
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