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From Oliver Marshall <>
Subject [users@httpd] Apache 2 chaos
Date Tue, 18 Jul 2006 14:03:57 GMT
What a day ! A clients web designer decided to make some changes to the
conf file on our windows 2003 based apache box. Nothing terrible there,
but when it didn't do what was wanted, and apache failed to load, they
decided to start pulling files from the apache folder. When that didn't
work, they decided to reinstall apache. Finally, after a few hours
poking, they decided to send a tacit email to me explaining that the
server isn't working.

Now, having uninstalled apache, removed all the apache folders and their
files, removed all the reg entries from the registry, I have installed

That's where things started getting really odd. Apache seemed to serve
up pages from the default site, ie the one in httpd.conf which is listed
at the start of the httpd.conf file, before the virtualhost entries. It
seemed to totally ignore any virtualhost entries in the httpd. Any
changes there were never actioned by apache, despite the APACHE -S
saying the syntax was correct.

So, I tried 2.2. This had exactly the same issue. Nothing in the
virtualhost section was acted on. 

Stranger still, if I changed the default documentroot entry of the
httpd.conf file and restarted apache, it had no effect. It's like there
was another httpd.conf file in use somewhere but there wasn't any on the
server outside of the apache folder. 

Then things got weirder still. If I stopped the apache service itself
(using the service mmc snap-in in windows) it refused to start again. It
produced the standard popup explaining I should check the event log or
contact the manufacturer of the service. The event log didn't show any
apache based errors, and I cant see anything in any of the files in the
/log folder of apache. Rebooting the server failed to get the apache
service working. The only way to get the service up and working is to
totally reinstall apache again, which works, but I'm still left with the
non-working virtualhost entries and the seemingly unread httpd.conf


Now, im no apache guru, but I have setup enough apache 1.3 and v2 boxes
running windows to know how to setup an apache install to support
several virtualhosts and all the gubbins that go with it. However, im at
a loss to explain what the h**l is happening now.

Can anyone shed any light on these weird issues? Anyone know how I can
even find out more info about what apache is or isn't reading from the
httpd.conf file ?


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