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I had installed apache webserver on my local machine (Linux Mint 15) and everything was working fine until I tried to install npm/nodejs.

I'm getting this error whenever I try starting apache -

throw err;
Error: Cannot find module '/LANG=en_US.UTF-8'
    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:338:15)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:280:25)
    at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:497:10)
    at startup (node.js:119:16)
    at node.js:901:3

I have scoured the internet to find solution to this problem and make apache work again, but in vain.

My problem is thus - I don't need nodejs. I have removed and uninstalled npm and node using apt-get. I have manually removed all the node_modules and node directories from /usr/lib and ~. But the problem still remains.

I checked every .conf and .load file for apache and still cannot figure out where/how/why apache is loading module.js and node.js files from.

Can someone help with this?


Contents of my mods-enabled folder:

access_compat.load  authz_user.load  filter.load       php5.load
alias.conf          autoindex.conf   mime.conf         setenvif.conf
alias.load          autoindex.load   mime.load         setenvif.load
auth_basic.load     deflate.conf     mpm_prefork.conf  status.conf
authn_core.load     deflate.load     mpm_prefork.load  status.load
authn_file.load     dir.conf         negotiation.conf
authz_core.load     dir.load         negotiation.load
authz_host.load     env.load         php5.conf
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Check ls /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/ if it's there do a2dismod module to disable and restart apache – LinuxDevOps Mar 22 '14 at 17:30
Updated the question with the contents of the mods-enabled folder. Don't think it's here. – Sterex Mar 22 '14 at 17:35
Check for any reference to module.js , node.js in apache configuration: find /etc/apache2/ |xargs grep 'js' – LinuxDevOps Mar 22 '14 at 17:38
@LinuxDevOps Nope. No references to any JS files in there. :\ – Sterex Mar 22 '14 at 17:46
Check if node is running already ps -auxf|grep node or netstat -tlpn – LinuxDevOps Mar 22 '14 at 22:43
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Ok, I finally got to the bottom of this!

Firstly, the problem (I suspect) was a corrupted /usr/bin/env file which was edited (perhaps by npm/nodejs installation) to load many (many, many) other files by additional shell script that looked node-related.

Secondly, mpm_prefork of apache2 installation was also corrupted - this is possibly my fault trying to find/fix the above error, I may have done something!

The solution was to reinstall everything -

sudo apt-get install --reinstall coreutils -- To fix the /usr/bin/env file.

sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2.2-bin

sudo apt-get autoremove -- To uninstall and cleanup existing apache2 install

sudo apt-get install apache2 -- Fresh install of apache2

If someone is following this guide, don't forget to take backup of your virtual hosts configuration or custom php.ini configuration, if any.

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