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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] "Permissions on Cross-Process Lock" Error
Date Sat, 29 Mar 2003 21:38:21 GMT

On Sat, 29 Mar 2003, Daniel Lawhead wrote:

> Whenever I try to start my Apache2 server (via apachectl start command)
> nothing happens. I then try try "apachectl stop" and Apache tells me that the
> httpd process isn't even running. I looked in the error_log log file, and I
> get this:
> [Sat Mar 29 12:56:26 2003] [emerg] (22)Invalid argument: Couldn't set
> permissions on cross-process lock; check User and Group directives
> Since I'm new to the world of Apache, I have no idea what this means. I've
> compiled Apache2 from source, and followed the installation instructions as
> closley as possible. Never did it mention anything about setting permissions.
> Could somebody tell me what this means?

Open httpd.conf, find the lines starting "User" and "Group" and set them
to a user and group that exist on your system (but preferably one with low


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