Bug#284215: apache: inconsistently segfaults on upgrade; strange nonreproducible behavior
The last three times I have upgraded apache (to testing), it has failed
to come back up after being restarted.
Running apache -F shows a segfault.
Eventually, I figured out that by removing a bunch of virtual hosts from
httpd.conf, I could bring apache back up.
The strangest thing is that I could then add those virtual hosts back
into httpd.conf, and apache would continue to come up with no problem.
This has occurred at least three times now.
Unfortunately, I don't have a backtrace from any of the segfaults, and I
can't reproduce this problem. But the fact that it's happened more than
once, and that it's so bizarre, lead me to think I should report it,
just in case the behavior is more widespread, especially with sarge
release coming up.
If anyone has any clue as to what might explain this behavior, I'd be
quite interested. There is nothing nonstandard about this installation;
just a small web hosting service running for the most part on Debian
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.7-1-k7
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)
Versions of packages apache depends on:
ii apache-common 1.3.33-2 Support files for all Apache webse
ii debconf 22.214.171.124 Debian configuration management sy
ii dpkg 1.10.25 Package maintenance system for Deb
ii libc6 2.3.2.ds1-18 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii libdb4.2 4.2.52-17 Berkeley v4.2 Database Libraries [
ii libexpat1 1.95.8-1 XML parsing C library - runtime li
ii libmagic1 4.10-3 File type determination library us
ii logrotate 3.7-2 Log rotation utility
ii mime-support 3.28-1 MIME files 'mime.types' & 'mailcap
ii perl 5.8.4-3 Larry Wall's Practical Extraction
-- debconf information:
* apache/enable-suexec: false
* apache/server-name: www.bostoncoop.net
* apache/document-root: /var/www
* apache/server-port: 80
* apache/init: true
* apache/server-admin: firstname.lastname@example.org