Apache not starting

So I tried to start my apache2 server with the following command…

sudo service apache2 start

But then I get this error message…

Job for apache2.service failed. See "systemctl status apache2.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.

So when I try and see the systemctl, I get this…

● apache2.service - LSB: Apache2 web server
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/apache2)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Mon 2015-07-06 10:34:49 IST; 4min 23s ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 8899 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/apache2 start (code=exited, status=2)

Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 systemd[1]: Starting LSB: Apache2 web server...
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 apache2[8899]: /etc/init.d/apache2: 64: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 apache2[8899]: /etc/init.d/apache2: 76: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 apache2[8899]: ERROR: APACHE_PID_FILE needs to be defined in /etc/apache2/envvars
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 systemd[1]: apache2.service: control process exited, code=exited status=2
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: Apache2 web server.
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 systemd[1]: Unit apache2.service entered failed state.
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 systemd[1]: apache2.service failed.

http://localhost/ on my browser also gives me an error which means apache is not running.

When I do this…

sudo restart apache2

I get this error…

restart: Unable to connect to Upstart: Failed to connect to socket /com/ubuntu/upstart: Connection refused

Somebody please help.

Asked By: Archisman Dinda

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I had the same problem, I made changes in apache.conf file for some reason, which leads me to the same error as you.

I have reinstalled Apache server, now everything is working fine.

Use the following commands:

  1. Uninstall Apache:

     sudo apt-get remove apache2*
    
  2. Install Apache

     sudo apt-get install apache2
    
  3. Restart server

     sudo service apache2 restart
    
  4. If you see an error "no listening sockets available, shutting down"
    please change port to 8080 or different ports under /etc/apache2/ports.conf file, this might be due to TCP port 80 being already in use by another program.

Answered By: Gururaj Jeerge

I think for some reason you deleted envvars config file

Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 apache2[8899]: /etc/init.d/apache2: 64: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars
Jul 06 10:34:49 archisman-HP-ProBook-440-G2 apache2[8899]: /etc/init.d/apache2: 76: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars

So you have to create it and paste the content from here (default content for this file)

sudo touch /etc/apache2/envvars
sudo nano /etc/apache2/envvars

Then restart apache service as usual

sudo service apache2 restart
Answered By: bistoco
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