So I was recovering a virtual machine this morning from an unexpected shutdown and discovered that Apache was failing to start because of this error message:
AH00526: Syntax error on line 1 of /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/.vhost.conf.swp: Invalid command 'b0VIM', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration Action 'start' failed.
Sure enough I found the .swp file in sites-enabled, did some research on it first which yielded next to nothing, and then moved it into a temp directory and started up Apache just fine.
System seems to be running a-ok now but it leaves me with an uneasy feeling in my stomach to just move a file that I don't know anything about and walk away so I figured I'd see if anyone could explain what this file is all about and more importantly that I'm not going to see some negative repercussions later for moving it. I figure it's because of the server being improperly shut down but better safe than sorry