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From Alex Charalabidis <a...@wnm.net>
Subject mod_log-any/5518: httpd silently dies during startup
Date Wed, 29 Dec 1999 23:10:45 GMT

>Number:         5518
>Category:       mod_log-any
>Synopsis:       httpd silently dies during startup
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Wed Dec 29 15:20:01 PST 1999
>Originator:     alex@wnm.net
>Release:        1.3.9 +frontpage 4.0
FreeBSD 3.4-STABLE i386, gcc
The httpd dies without any output to its error log, stdout or stderr, even with LogLevel set
to "debug". This matches PR #5258 with the addition that it does not affect only symlinked
directories (I also agree with the poster of #5258 in that it costs dearly in troubleshooting
time - maybe it belongs on the known bugs list). The problem was traced to a
bad pathname in a VirtualHost block:
ErrorLog /usr/home/coleclinics/error_log
TransferLog /usr/home/colesclinics/access_log
...where ~colesclinics is a mistyped path.
This behaviour repeated itself with the TransferLog and ErrorLog lines reversed,
however it only happened when the TransferLog entry was bad. With the ErrorLog
containing a bad path, it was logged properly. The problem was finally identified using truss(1).
I was able to reproduce the error (well, lack thereof :) on Apache 1.3.6/PHP3 under BSDI 3.0.
Configure a VirtualHost with a bad pathname in the TransferLog and try to start httpd.
Sorry, no.
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