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I attempted to restart Apache 2.2.14 (also using PHP 5.3.2 on Ubuntu 10.04, running all commands as root). It shutdown, but will not start back up. This is a brand new VPS with no Firewall or IP Table. When I run apache2ctl start, I get this response:

(98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs

apache2ctl status produces this:

Looking up localhost
Making HTTP connection to localhost
Alert!: Unable to connect to remote host.

lynx: Can't access startfile http://localhost/server-status
'www-browser -dump http://localhost:80/server-status' failed.
Maybe you need to install a package providing www-browser or you
need to adjust the APACHE_LYNX variable in /etc/apache2/envvars

lsof | grep http returns nothing

netstat -plant:

Active Internet connections (servers and established)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      1139/mysqld     
tcp        0      0*               LISTEN      1153/named      
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      1153/named      
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      1125/sshd       
tcp        0      0 *               LISTEN      1153/named      
tcp        0    240    ESTABLISHED 1280/0          
tcp6       0      0 :::53                   :::*                    LISTEN      1153/named      
tcp6       0      0 :::22                   :::*                    LISTEN      1125/sshd       
tcp6       0      0 ::1:953                 :::*                    LISTEN      1153/named   

I am a Linux novice at best but everything else I saw asked for these reports. Nothing is blocking port 80 and yet Apache wont bind to it. Is the problem with Apache? I have Virtual Hosts set up but they are pretty straightforward and I have used the same configuration before. I can post .conf files if need be.

apache2ctl -t: Syntac OK

service apache2 start:

(98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs
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Does your server have SELinux enabled? – Jenny D Jun 12 '13 at 10:05

Assuming you're running apache as root (service apache start is better than manual apachectl) because users can't bind privileged ports, please check you have no syntax errors:

apachechtl -t

Then check your NameServer directive configuration and the resolving mechanism.

Be sure your NameServer refers to an address that can be resolved (check /etc/hosts or your DNS cache).

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I added the logs output for service apache2 start and apachectl -t. There were no syntax errors and the alternate apache start method produced the same results as the first one I tried. It didnt start. – smulholland2 Jun 12 '13 at 9:41
So there is truly some process binding to tcp/80, can you run nmap localhost -p 80? – fsoppelsa Jun 12 '13 at 12:44

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