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I was following a tutorial and right after I did this, my server stopped responding:

sudo su

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

find the line:
AllowOverride None - after the (about line 339 or so...)

change to AllowOverride All (case matters! All not all or ALL)

:wq to save

service httpd restart

I reverted everything back to exactly what it was and it still wont work.

Edit: http://stephen-white.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-set-up-wordpress-on-amazon-ec2_31.html This was the tutorial I was following, everything worked until I made that change suggested by a comment at the bottom that allowed wordpress to modify the .htaccess for permalinks

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What do your logs say? –  ceejayoz Nov 6 '12 at 17:49
I personally don't know how to read system logs haha I uploaded it here: ec2-54-243-158-66.compute-1.amazonaws.com/log.txt –  Stephen Harman Nov 6 '12 at 17:58
Did you figure this out? I've installed WordPress and other PHP applications on AWS before many times with no issues. The comment on there for AllowOverride was relating to using a specific kind of permalink. Were you trying to enable that permalink format? –  Nathan V Nov 28 '12 at 15:03
your server isn't up so we can't read your logs. just look for error messages in the apache log file (all logs are in /var/log). If you like you can rename the current log file and restart apache to get a clean log which will make it easier to read. –  Drew Khoury May 8 '13 at 14:11

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Hopefully you have figured this out by now, but I will share a very helpful command: httpd -S This will syntax check your configuration files for you. It may give you a clue as to why apache will not start. The /var/log/httpd/error_log should also have helpful information.

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