I followed this guide, to the best of my understanding:


And I'm stuck right after the install.

Here's what I did so far:

  • since I already had a working install (which I broke) I thought it was a good idea to start
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    following the instructions at 'Starting over'

  • I typed

sudo apt-get --purge remove apache2 apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-utils apache2.2-common libapache2-mod-php5 libapr1 libaprutil1 libdbd-mysql-perl libdbi-perl libmysqlclient15off libnet-daemon-perl libplrpc-perl libpq5 mysql-client-5.0 mysql-common mysql-server mysql-server-5.0 php5-common php5-mysql

  • which did something, but then gave error messages about packages not found etc...

  • since I wanted to complete this step, I sudo apt-get --purge remove'd all packages seperately, and followed through with necessary options.

  • as recommended I sudo rm -r /etc/apache2'd
  • followed by reinstalling apt-get install apache2, no errors here
  • it now tells me to visit http://localhost to test the installation, which just gives me

Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to localhost

I'm at a loss. I managed to configure my apache quite decently but wanted a redo and now I'm stuck even before the real configuration.

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    What are you expecting to happen next? If you removed it the error page should be what happens. Jul 31, 2011 at 23:17
  • I forgot the vital step of actually doing apt-get install apache2, I'll update my post, sorry :p
    – joon
    Jul 31, 2011 at 23:18
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    @joon after removal do you start it back up? /etc/init.d/apache2 restart Jul 31, 2011 at 23:52
  • I'm twice a retard. In my defense, it wasn't mentioned in the page I referred too. It works now.
    – joon
    Jul 31, 2011 at 23:56
  • @joon It would be helpful if you made an answer on what you did to get it working (we like self documentation!) And then for bonus points, fix the wiki page! Aug 1, 2011 at 0:45

1 Answer 1


fixed by simply restarting apache.

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
  • You should accept your own answer (click the check mark) so people know no more help is needed here.
    – poolie
    Aug 1, 2011 at 7:59
  • yeah, there's a waiting time though.
    – joon
    Aug 1, 2011 at 12:39

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