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apache issues

hi guys!

well, as some of you might have noticed, i was having issues getting my linux box going correctly -- well, after some long hours and the help of you guys and my trusty o'reilly linux in a nutshell book, everything's runing great and i'm getting much more comfortable using the file system, understanding the interoperability, etc ... totally seeing why you guys love it so much.

here's the question -- went throught the archives and couldn't really find an answer so, here goes. i d/l apache, compiled, installed, etc -- went in and set the defaults in my httpd.conf file. when i typed localhost into my browser, nothing -- it did the netscape search bit. so, i backed up my httpd.conf and dumped the default back in and still nothing. when i run apachectl start, it says the server's going, so -- any solutions?

also, i'm assuming if i set the default host to the machine's IP, i'll be able to hit it from any machine on my network by entering that ip into a browser, correct?

thanks for the help, guys -- keep spreadin the linux love.

// trent
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Apache web server has logfiles. What do the logfiles say?

On our servers, the logfiles are in /usr/local/apache/logs .... however, this is configuration dependent.

You should be able to look at the logfiles and get a clue as to what is going on.
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ok, here's what my log says, and i have practically no clue what it means ... this is written after starting

1) [alert] (22) Invalid argument : setgid: unable to set group id to Group 4294967295

// it has this like 5 times

2) [alert] Child 17435 returned Fatal Error ... Apache is exiting!

and then another instance of the first one. so -- obviously it's shutting down because of something wrong in the httpd.conf file?
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There is a problem with the ownership (user, group) of the files in the apache distribution. You need to make sure that the user:group ownership of all files are valid system users and that the httpd.conf file is correctly configured as well.

This is outlined pretty well in the Apache book by O'Reilly. Might help to run to your local bookstore and get a copy!
 

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