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From "Mark A. Craig" <mark.a.cr...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Syntax error on line 1 of http.conf: invalid command \xff\xfe#
Date Mon, 10 Sep 2007 04:48:03 GMT
Tom:

Something like that occurred to me, too, but it doesn't seem to be the case.  I
use Metapad as a Notepad replacement, and when I checked default file format in
its configuration, it is set to "DOS text (CR+LF)", not either of the Unicode
options.  I also tried saving it in Notepad with ANSI as you suggested, but that
made no difference.

What did make a difference was completely commenting out the changes I had made 
in the log files section.  At that point, it made no difference what editor I 
used to save the file, it always worked.

That makes no sense!  What the heck is going on here?  At least my site is 
running, but I didn't get to implement the logging exclusions and rotation 
schedule that had been the point of the changes.

Mark

-------- Original Message  --------
Subject: Re: [users@httpd] Syntax error on line 1 of http.conf: invalid command
\xff\xfe#
From: Tom Donovan <donovant@bellatlantic.net>
To: users@httpd.apache.org
Date: Sunday, September 09, 2007 07:58:43 AM

> Mark A. Craig wrote:
>> I have a rather bizarre httpd.conf error with Apache 2.2 on Windows 
>> 2000; I attempted to make some rather simple edits to the logfile 
>> portion of it, and now when I test, start,or restart the server I get 
>> the following error displayed in the console (DOS) window:
>>
>> Syntax error on line 1 of C:/Program Files/Apache Software 
>> Foundation/Apache2.2/conf/httpd.conf:
>> Invalid command '\xff\xfe#', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module 
>> not included in the server configuration
>>
>> What the heck is going on?  Not only did I not edit the first line, 
>> all it contains is the standard comment line that has been there all 
>> along.
>>
>> Mark Craig
> 
> It appears you may have used an editor which stores files in Unicode and 
> introduced a byte-order-mark:
> 
>   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byte-order_mark
> 
> You could try opening httpd.conf in Notepad and save it as ANSI to 
> remove this problem.
> 
> -tom-
> 
> 
> 
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