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Unable to start apache (98)Address already in use

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Situation

Starting apache fails, displaying failed and the following error:
Starting httpd2 (prefork) (98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address 0.0.0.0:443
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs
startproc: exit status of parent of /usr/sbin/httpd2-prefork: 1

Resolution

  1. Edit /etc/apache2/listen.conf
  2. Remove any duplicate entries such as:
    Listen 443
    Listen 443
    Listen 80
    Listen 80
  3. Save and close the file.

Cause

Apache attempting to bind twice to the same port according to configuration.

Additional Information

Troubleshooting Steps:
  1. Nothing else listening on specified port:
    netstat -peanut | grep :443
  2. No ghost process running of apache:
    ps aux | grep -e apache -e http

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  • Document ID:7012915
  • Creation Date:20-JUL-13
  • Modified Date:20-JUL-13
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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