I had an issue with my original install of apache2.4 on ubuntu14. I have removed and purged the files in /etc/apache2 and reinstalled apache. Now I am unable to start the server.
Can you please let me know if you have seen this issue before?

apache2: Syntax error on line 140 of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: 
Syntax error on line 2 of /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/access_compat.load: 
Cannot load /usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_access_compat.so into server: 
/usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_access_compat.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Action 'configtest' failed.

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You have a configuration file that's trying to load a library (mod_access_compat.so) that it can't find.

The file appears to be part of the apache2-bin package so first check that that's installed (and that all its files are present) with:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install apache2-bin

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