Ubuntu Web Server – How I Fixed Apache2 After Ubuntu 14.04 Upgrade

I decided a few hours ago to take a daunting leap forward and upgrade my Ubuntu web server to 14.04. I recently upgraded another computer from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04. I was pleased with an outcome.

I decided to perform same upgrade on my web server. Things went pretty smooth until I realized apache2 was failing to start after this upgrade. To my dismay my web server was broken after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04.

I received these error messages below.

The apache2 configtest failed.

Output of config test was:
apache2: Syntax error on line 210 of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: Syntax error on line 1 of /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/ruby.load: Cannot load /usr/lib/apache2/modules
mod_ruby.so into server: /usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_ruby.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Action 'configtest' failed.

The Apache error log may have more information.

Actually an apache error log did not have more information. I fixed that line 210 error by removing ruby as an enabled mod with this command:

rm /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/ruby.load

I then tried to start apache2 with "apache2ctl start" command. I received an error again only this time it changed to:

apache2: Syntax error on line 214 of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: Could not open configuration file /etc/apache2/httpd.conf: No such file or directory

I fixed this error by creating a blank httpd.conf file using a "touch /etc/apache2/httpd.conf" command. An httpd.conf file is not needed on my web server but just creating a blank file with name of httpd.conf cleared that error. I then tried to start apache2 yet again.

Ubuntu Web Server

Well what do you know, another error message:

AH00526: Syntax error on line of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: Invalid command 'LockFile', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration Action 'start' failed.

I resolved that error by replacing this line:

LockFile ${APACHE_LOCK_DIR}/accept.lock

with this one

Mutex file:${APACHE_LOCK_DIR} default

in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Finally, apache2 started successfully this time. I tested two of my web sites hosted on this newly upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 web server. Both web sites were accessible and now I could breath a little bit easier.

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About Author Aaron J. Berg

Aaron J. Berg is the owner of Anet Computers, host of the Reality PC podcast, and blogger at AnetComputers.com. For over thirteen years, he worked for fortune 500 companies and the United States Federal government supporting computers. Now he helps you solve your most common computer problems.

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