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Can't restart the APache webserver

Posted on 2004-09-02
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[root@************ var]#  ../etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd restart
Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
Starting httpd: Syntax error on line 235 of /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf:
Error:\tApache has not been designed to serve pages while\n\trunning as root.  There are known race conditions that\n\twill allow any local user to read any file on the system.\n\tIf you still desire to serve pages as root then\n\tadd -DBIG_SECURITY_HOLE to the CFLAGS env variable\n\tand then rebuild the server.\n\tIt is strongly suggested that you instead modify the User\n\tdirective in your httpd.conf file to list a non-root\n\tuser.\n
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Hi jibranilyas,
Edit the /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf configuration file and look where it sais what user the apache software should be running as. Normally it runs as a user called 'apache'. I expect yours is set to run as root which is causing this error.
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by:jibranilyas
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thanks,,, yes i do recall seeing that..

i will go check
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by:jibranilyas
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yuppp.. got it.. so now the username is apache and group is apache also

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