Bug#517984: apache2: one logfile missing should not prevent apache from running

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Bug#517984: apache2: one logfile missing should not prevent apache from running

Package: apache2.2-common
Version: 2.2.9-10+lenny2
Severity: wishlist

Last week I had a very boring problem on a production server :

As my box / partition was near to saturation I had to quickly get back some space,
the easiest way for me was to remove big and unused files from /var/log...
Doing so, I suppressed a directory containing logfiles which seemed unused to me...
But in fact these files were configured as ErrorLog for an old testing virtual server which I didn't used anymore
and I even didn't remember that this directory was used by Apache.

I did this on Friday afternoon and didn't notice anything bad right  after that.
But back to work the next Monday, I realized that all my websites had been down for all the week-end !

The logrotate had made his job at 6h30 : stop apache, rotate the logs, then restart apache, but apache never restarted, throwing a
"could not open error log file" but none was here at this moment to see it.

So I think that when apache cannot open nor create a logfile It should throw a warning but It should not prevent apache from running,
furthermore, when I noticed on Monday that my websites were down, I first tried :
apache2ctl configtest
which answered : Syntax OK
perhaps configtest should double check that the logfiles mentionned in config files are present on disk.


-- Package-specific info:
List of enabled modules from 'apache2 -M':
  actions alias asis auth_basic auth_digest authn_file authz_default
  authz_groupfile authz_host authz_user autoindex cgi dir env filter
  headers include* info mime_magic mime mxslt negotiation perl php5
  rewrite setenvif speling ssl status
  (A * means that the .conf file for that module is not enabled in

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-6-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages apache2 depends on:
ii  apache2-mpm-prefork      2.2.9-10+lenny2 Apache HTTP Server - traditional n

apache2 recommends no packages.

apache2 suggests no packages.

Versions of packages apache2.2-common depends on:
ii  apache2-utils          2.2.9-10+lenny2   utility programs for webservers
ii  libapr1                1.2.12-5          The Apache Portable Runtime Librar
ii  libaprutil1            1.2.12+dfsg-8     The Apache Portable Runtime Utilit
ii  libc6                  2.7-18            GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libmagic1              4.26-1            File type determination library us
ii  libssl0.9.8            0.9.8g-15         SSL shared libraries
ii  lsb-base               3.2-20            Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii  mime-support           3.44-1            MIME files 'mime.types' & 'mailcap
ii  net-tools              1.60-22           The NET-3 networking toolkit
ii  perl                   5.10.0-19         Larry Wall's Practical Extraction
ii  procps                 1:3.2.7-11        /proc file system utilities
ii  zlib1g                 1: compression library - runtime

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Bug#517984: Quotation Inquiry #RFQ170619E - New Supplier

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Purchase Assistant

Hidroconta Trading Ltd.
Av. de Sta. Catalina,
60, 30012 Murcia, Spain
Phone: +34 968 26 77 66
Fax: +34 968 26 77 06

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Bug#517984: Investment Proposal

Nael M. Al Homoud-2
In reply to this post by mediaf

Good day,

My associate from China wants to discuss a business investment deal with you. I awaiting your response to enable us discuss about this business investment

Nael M. Al Homoud
Executive Director & High Investment Committee Member@
The Arab Investment Co