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I had following error message while installing apache2 localhost

service apache2 reload
/usr/sbin/apache2ctl: 87: ulimit: error setting limit (Operation not permitted)
Syntax error on line 52 of /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/default-ssl:
SSLCertificateKeyFile: file '/etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key' does not exist or is empty
Action 'configtest' failed.
The Apache error log may have more information.
   ...fail!

How to resolve this ?

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There are two answers to your question.

The first is the short answer that directly addresses the error in your log:

file '/etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key' does not exist or is empty

Apache is stopping because the SSL certificate is missing. Simply remove the default SSL configuration from the sites-enabled folder using sudo rm /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/default-ssl and Apache should start up no problem. To re-enable the ssl site after you've adjusted the configuration you can run sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl etc/apache2/sites-enabled/default-ssl.

The second answer is the correct answer, which is to take a good look at the Apache documentation to determine why your configuration is incorrect. Because the values in your error log look like the defaults from a fresh Apache install I included the first answer, but after you do the above you should dedicate some time to reading the documentation. You will learn a lot and will find out why there was no snakeoil.pem file and what a snakeoil certificate means.

You can find the general documentation here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/

(or http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/ depending)

You can find general configuration documentation here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/quickreference.html

You can find the mod_ssl documentation here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/ssl/

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It looks like You have forgotten sudo:

sudo service apache2 reload
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You need to create a SSL certificate for your server and link the SSLCertificateFile (a .crt-file) and SSLCertificateKeyFile (a .key-file) to your certificate and certificate key.

This is done in the configuration file which Apache reads on startup. Usually it is located in /usr/local/apache2/conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf. In your case it is located in /etc/ssl/private/sites-enabled/default-ssl

To create a self signed certificate follow these instructions

If you have bought a certificate you simply just locate it and copy the path.

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