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From Michael Greenish <>
Subject [users@httpd] can't start multiple apache instances
Date Tue, 23 Aug 2005 17:39:55 GMT

I have checked all the documentation and searched
the web for hours, but I can't seem to find the
solution to my problem.  I'm sure it's some thing
simple, but I just can't seem to get past this hurdle.

I am trying to run multiple instances of apache2 on
my box to facilitate porting plain perl scripts to
mod_perl scipts.  I am running on SuSE Linux 9.2.  I
have copied most of the configuration scripts to an
separate directory.  Then I modified the listen
directive to 8080 and added a pidfile directive to
point to a new location.   I also changed the user &
group directive since the SuSE manual said that each
instance has to run under its own group & id.  I
have also copied /etc/init.d/apache2 to the new
directory and modified pidfile location and http.conf
location accordingly.  The apache2 configtest returns
Syntax OK.  When I try to start the second instance,
the result is "Starting httpd2 (prefork)   done" and
returns almost immediately.  However, a ps -ef |
grep httpd2 shows no new processes.  'apache2 status'
returns "dead".  However, when I stop the first
instance, I can successfully start the second
instance and view pages properly.

What is preventing the second instance from
starting? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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