apache problem

Description of the problem:

The server was rebooted and subsequently httpd could no
longer successfully be started.

This webserver is using Apache to host

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# rm /usr/local/etc/httpd/logs/error_log
# /usr/local/etc/httpd/httpd -f /usr/local/etc/httpd/conf.httpd.conf
# tac /usr/local/etc/httpd/logs/error_log
[Thu Jan  6 03:37:52 2000] - unable to set groups
[Thu Jan  6 03:37:52 2000] initgroups: Invalid argument


The server was rebooted (cold boot). A look at the process table indicated
the following entries (which were still there last time I checked):


# ps wwwwwwwwwwwwwx | grep rc
   65  ?  S    0:00 bash /etc/rc.d/rc 3
  291  ?  S    0:00 sh /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/S99local start


Obviously there is some problem with executing rc.local at RunLevel 3 but
what, if any, relation that has to me Apache problem, I don't know.

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I feel you have compiled  apache from source.. in that case u must be having a binary called apachectl somewherein the dir /usr/local/etc/httpd/ directory  .. may be in the bin directory of that dir ..
just do /usr/local/etc/httpd/bin/apachectl start

it shoud start as there is no other interferences.. or check if the user and group defined in the httpd.conf file exist or not ..
respective files are

Things should work

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