Apache2 on Solaris 10

The apache web server is included with Solaris 10. Follow these steps to enable it.
Step 1: Create a working default apache config file

The apache server config files are in /etc/apache2. To quickly get up and running, you can just use the sample config file by doing the following:

cd /etc/apache2 cp httpd.conf-example httpd.conf


Step 2: Enable the apache/httpd service

Check to see if apache is already running:

svcs -a | grep -i http

You will probably see the following, indicating that apache is NOT running: disabled Apr_20 svc:/network/http:apache2
Use the svcadm command to start the webserver. This will also make it automatically start if your machine reboots. svcadm -v enable /network/http:apache2

Use the following svcs command to make sure it worked: svcs -p /network/http:apache2 STATE STIME FMRI online 15:32:44 svc:/network/http:apache2

              15:32:44    28711 httpd
              15:32:45    28712 httpd
              15:32:45    28713 httpd
              15:32:45    28714 httpd
              15:32:45    28715 httpd
              15:32:45    28716 httpd

This is showing that the webserver is online and working.


Step 3: Add your web content

Put your html (IE: index.html) in the /var/apache2/htdocs directory. If everything went OK, you should have a functioning apache webserver.
Debugging / Troubleshooting

If the svcs -p command from the above step doesn’t show a STATE of online, do the followig: svcs -a | grep -i http

You’ll probably see that it’s in maintenance mode: maintenance 15:16:12 svc:/network/http:apache2

For more detailed info run: svcs -l http

OR svcs -x http svc:/network/http:apache2 (Apache 2 HTTP server)

State: maintenance since May  8, 2007  3:16:12 PM EDT

Reason: Start method failed repeatedly, last exited with status 1.

  See: http://sun.com/msg/SMF-8000-KS
  See: httpd(8)
  See: /var/svc/log/network-http:apache2.log

Impact: This service is not running.

Note that the second to last line tells you where the log file is, so take a look at that. Once you’ve fixed the problem, you can restart apache with: svcadm restart /network/http:apache2

If for some reason you want to shut off apache, use this: svcadm disable /network/http:apache2

svcs -p /network/http:apache2 STATE STIME FMRI disabled 15:36:33 svc:/network/http:apache2


svcs -l http fmri svc:/network/http:apache2 name Apache 2 HTTP server enabled false state disabled next_state none state_time May 8, 2007 3:36:33 PM EDT logfile /var/svc/log/network-http:apache2.log restarter svc:/system/svc/restarter:default contract_id dependency require_all/error svc:/milestone/network:default (online) dependency require_all/none svc:/system/filesystem/local:default (online) dependency optional_all/error svc:/system/filesystem/autofs:default (online)

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