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I am having a problem where my site's 404 request are ending up as 500 errors on the server. When I use wget to retrieve the site, I get this

Resolving gx5.co.uk..., Connecting to gx5.co.uk||:80... failed: Connection refused. Connecting to gx5.co.uk||:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 500 Internal Server Error 2013-01-07 03:46:35 ERROR 500: Internal Server Error.

You can see the problem for yourself 500 error

Any ideas? I have been up all night trying to figure it out. Only noticed because Webmaster sent me e-mails about errors.

One more thing, all other sites on the server are having no problems with 404 routing. I also have nginx running on the server.

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Di you see entries in the access and error log from Apache that relates to this? –  SvW Jan 7 '13 at 3:47
Looking at the error from the client side won't tell you much; you need to look in the server logs to investigate why it decides 500 is an appropriate response. –  fukawi2 Jan 7 '13 at 3:49
That is the wierd thing. The errors are not logging in the sites error log. I am looking at the main apache error logs and it is not logging there either. –  kaiten65 Jan 7 '13 at 4:13

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What is your server side language?

Is your 404 page a simple html or are you having lot of code.

I have seen this error in php when there are version issues. Eg: The between 5.2.* and 5.3.9 in passing values by reference, what was working in 5.2 was not throwing error in 5.3.9.

Try replacing your 404 page with a simple html page. If their is no problem then you know where to look for.

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My website is not a simple website. It uses mod_rewrite to change urls. I disabled .htaccess and tried the page again. It redirected to the sites homepage. I am using php 5.3.3. Other websites on the server with very similar configuration seems to be working fine –  kaiten65 Jan 7 '13 at 4:25
As per your suggestion rAm I checked it by taking away .htaccess this time, errors worked properly. It might be a problem with mod_rewrite on the site. I am not quite sure –  kaiten65 Jan 7 '13 at 10:42
Good to know you could isolate the issue, what is there in .htaccess? Is it ok to post it? –  rAm Jan 7 '13 at 11:27
Sorry for the late reply, yes I could but it may have been changed since the last time I posted the question. –  kaiten65 Mar 24 '13 at 2:17

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