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From Lester Caine <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Can't modify LoadModule line for PHP
Date Sat, 22 Mar 2008 07:05:12 GMT wrote:
> Hello all,
> A summary:
> Modifying httpd.conf to try to point "LoadModule php5_module" to point 
> to anywhere but the original location results in Apache not being able 
> to start again.
> And the history...
> I'm a recent Mac convert running OS X 10.5.2 (aka Leopard), with it's 
> pre-bundled Apache 2.2 and PHP 5.2.4.  In an attempt to get GD library 
> working, I installed two additional copies of PHP (and one additional 
> copy of Apache due to a lack of understanding about how Macports 
> works).  When I attempt to change the LoadModule line to point from the 
> original "libexec/apache2/" to a different file, 
> Apache log files show the following error when I attempt to restart it 
> "caught SIGTERM, shutting down".  This error also occurred prior to the 
> second Apache installation.
> I'd like to know a) what causes this error since it seems to be a 
> straightforward change everywhere else I've looked, and b) how I can 
> verify that the second Apache install isn't running.  I've already 
> determined that the second Apache and the "Web sharing" in System 
> Preferences are unrelated.
> When the server does run, I've recently begun receiving a "[warn] module 
> php5_module is already loaded, skipping" error twice, despite the 
> LoadModule line only being listed once.
> It's highly frustrating and I'd appreciate any help.

Not being a Mac user I don't have direct experience, but since OSX is Linux 
like, I might expect similar ways of installing? When I install the php5 
module with Apache the conf data is loaded into a secondary conf file which is 
included IN httpd.conf automatically. So if you have added the Loadmodule 
yourself, then the already loaded error may be caused by that file.

Going on from that, multiple copies of PHP can also be a problem if they are 
not picking up the right php.ini. So while you may be pointing to a different 
copy *IT* mat be trying to load the wrong extensions because it's seeing a 
wrong php.ini file.

When I get messed up in Linux I simply uninstall the packages that are a 
problem, check from the package installer where files are and verify they have 
been deleted, and then start again clean. The package installer is also useful 
in that you can see WHERE it is putting things like php.ini and IF it is 
creating a php.conf to go into apache. It would be nice though if there was an 
agreed standard as to HOW all of this actually works - switching between 
distributions is a pain since they ALL do something different. :(

Lester Caine - G8HFL
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