Apache won’t start and there is nothing in the logs

Chance are, if apache isn’t starting and isn’t logging anything, the error_log is full preventing apache from starting. ┬áTo double check that, run:

cd /var/log/httpd
ls -lS | less

If any file is around 2-3 gig (or more), then chances are, that’s the problem.

The solution is to remove the logs, restart apache, and then implement preventative measures.

cd /var/log/httpd/
rm -f error_log
rm -f access_log
rm -f suexec_log
rm -f fpexec_log
/sbin/service httpd restart

Get logs to rotate daily

perl -pi -e ‘s/weekly/daily/’ /etc/logrotate.conf
perl -pi -e ‘s/rotate 4/rotate 2/’ /etc/logrotate.conf

If apache still doesn’t start, check /var/log/messages and try recompiling apache.