apache and php strangeness

Johan Booysen johan at matrix-data.co.uk
Tue Oct 16 15:30:52 UTC 2007

I have a strange problem that I haven't been able to solve:
We have 2 internal web sites (developed using PHP) running on a RHEL5 server.  Each and every time, without fail, when the server is rebooted, you browse to those sites and get a 500 Internal Server Error message.  The only way I've found that "fixes" it on the short term is to do:
killall httpd
apachectl -k restart
A regular "service httpd restart" doesn't do the trick.
Can anyone perhaps give me a clue as why this might be?  It's not a huge problem and those sites aren't mission-critical, but it would be nice to know why I'm getting this behaviour.
Thanks very much.

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