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From cipher crypted <>
Subject [users@httpd] Total newbie to Apache Web Server with start up issue
Date Tue, 22 Mar 2011 19:54:54 GMT

First, I apologize in advance to anyone and everyone involved that I will insult, confuse,
agitate, etc, if my email is NOT up to the standards documented on your site. I've read briefly
your guidelines for posting and for users obtaining information regarding their issues, questions,
etc, and quite frankly, I would pass out trying to find answers and support to my question
in the labyrinth that is your site, before I would actually find my answers. So, I'm praying
this email will get the ball rolling for the support I need.

Second, my issue. As the subject states, I am completely new to your web server project and
recently downloaded your server as part of a software bundle named 'XAMPP'. I have posted
my issue on their forums and I understand what I'm supposed to do, I just cant figure out
how to do it on my system.

Apache is NOT running on my system, according to the XAMPP control panel which would indicate
if it was running by displaying the word 'running' with a green-colored background. MySql
server is running perfectly and is displayed as such as I mentioned above.

I have performed netstat commands on DOS and have located port 80 (I'm told should be used
for Apache), and I've been told port 443 should also be used for Apache, but I have not been
able to find this port on DOS (the closest port number I always see is 445). Every time I
check processes running on my system on Task Manager, I find TWO Apache.exe processes running,
but only ONE is reflected in netstat's results. I did mention this to XAMPP support and they
told me one is or should be the daemon process. Is there a GUI in Windows for locating ports
and assigning them? I found this running IIS, but disabled IIS to install XAMPP as my XP Home
Edition OS does not include IISS, and I can't to save my life find a GUI in Windows to assign
ports to other processes that may be blocking the port(s) I need to run Apache.

The original and ONLY error message I'm basing my issue on is a 'The requested URL /helloWorld.php
was not found on this server.' I'm sure many of you are familiar with the rest of this message
which notes version 1.3.24 and port 80 in it.

This is my only use for your server, coding in PHP for web design and web-based services.
My apologies again, if I've now "hurt" anyone with this sentence.

So, finally, my question, how can I get Apache started and keep it running on my system? As
I mentioned in the beginning, I pray I've provided as much information as possible to be worthy
of receiving support for my question/issue. 

Best regards.

Thank you and God bless all!


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