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The error log file was quite big so I deleted it and created it again.. But now the error log is not logging/updating on errors?

Have tried to respart apache, but still the same..

I remember I experienced this a while ago.. Can't remember how it was fixed?

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Apache keeps its log files open so deleting a log file stops apache from logging to it, since the old file descriptor now points to a deleted inode.

You should rotate/delete/truncate the log file, re-create it with the correct ownership and permissions, and then issue an apachectl graceful to reload.

Alternatively, apache can log errors to syslog; this does not suffer from the same limitations.

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Alternatively, you may want to use rotatelogs to constrain size/age of your httpd logs.

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