* Starting web server apache2
apache2: Syntax error on line 214 of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: Syntax error on line 3
of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf: Expected </> but saw </Directory>
Action 'start' failed.
The Apache error log may have more information.
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    I think you should include the httpd.conf file in you question... – franzlorenzon Sep 18 '13 at 19:17
  • +1 for franzlorenzon. What do you did before you restart apache. What files do you create modify? – Josh Sep 18 '13 at 19:22
  • Also the /var/log/apache*.log – Braiam Sep 18 '13 at 19:22

Reinstalling apache would be the most easy way to fix your problem. But you will also lose all your settings:

sudo apt-get purge apache2
sudo apt-get install apache2

If you want to fix the problem the elegant way, you will need to fix the error in you httpd.conf file by editing it and replacing </> by </Directory> on line 214 (like the error indicates quite clearly):

sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

You could also use any other editor (e.g. gedit or vim)


You have a problem with the file /etc/apache2/httpd.conf, on terminal type :

sudo gedit /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

on line 214 search a </> and change to </Directory> and save the file


try to reinstall apache on terminal type :

sudo apt-get remove apache2
sudo apt-get install apache2

this occured because a problem with syntax, problably you change anything of the file

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    it would need to be a sudo apt-get purge apache2 as its config files a regular remove would not remove the httpd.conf purge would blow away configs aswell. – 0x7c0 Sep 18 '13 at 20:03

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