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From Abel Braaksma <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] After restart Vista, working Apache 2.2.11 stopped working, reinstall, google, etc to no avail
Date Mon, 18 May 2009 08:06:54 GMT
The good news is: it works again, see for the first part of this 
nightmare in prose ;-)

The bad news is, I don't know why it works. It was clearly NOT a bug in 
Apache, so no blame or fame there, but I'm sure you all knew that 
already. The path of fixing went through a whole series of system 
cleanup and only with the event of applying ComboFix (not to be used 
lightly, and only when you are having trouble and some knowledgeable or 
authorized expert asks you to use it) it resolved the problem. Though 
there were no hidden processes or worms found on my system, it is likely 
to assume that there was a serious conflict and this somehow affected 
Apache (and, occasionally other processes).

I wished I really new what caused it, now this thread has to be closed 
in oblivion and I'm afraid that anybody reading the archive can only be 
given this one advice: it is an unlikely error, so do a full system 
scan, to the bottom.

Thanks to you all for helping. To William, about your last questions: 
UAC was off, I tried -t but it only says "syntax OK". When I 
reinstalled, I removed the full directory and checked the registry for 
left-overs and removed them to if there were any.

Cheers and thanks!
-- Abel --

William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> Abel Braaksma wrote:
>> What can I still do? Is there someone around that can help me setup
>> Visual Studio to run Apache from the IDE and to step through the source?
> Did bin\httpd.exe -t tell you anything?
> Please note that uninstalling apache leaves logs/ and conf/ (as you might
> have noticed) and installing apache does not wipe out conf/ - so you have
> to blast the directory if you want to ensure that this has nothing to do
> with your own conf/ changes.
> You might also note that fresh confs are always installed under the
> conf/original/ tree, which you can always use to replace broken confs.
> And finally, UAC can make your user-edits to files within program files/
> or windows/ appear to exist, but the true file remains unmodified.  You
> might want to turn off UAC to avoid such nonsense.  It even applies to
> the administrator user.

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