[CentOS] cannot start or stop apache due to ssl changes

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Thu Mar 18 14:09:06 UTC 2010

On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM, testwreq wreq <testwreq at gmail.com> wrote:
> Apache was working with self signed certificate. We changed the ssl.conf
> file to read certicates from godaddy and it it failed to restart because of
> incorrecrt parphrase.
> bash-3.2# /sbin/service httpd restart
> Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
> Starting httpd: Apache/2.2.3 mod_ssl/2.2.3 (Pass Phrase Dialog) Some of your
> private key files are encrypted for security reasons.
> In order to read them you have to provide the pass phrases.
> Server tt.cs.sb.edu:443 (RSA) Enter pass phrase:
> Apache:mod_ssl:Error: Private key not found.
> **Stopped

Did you swap out both the server.key and server.crt files... and the
references in the config?

> I then put the original ssl.conf back  (saved the ssl file with go daddy
> changes to ssl_gd.conf) but could not stop or start apache and this was the
> error
> I re-generated the self signed certificate keys and restarted the server.
> /sbin/service httpd start is looking for ssl_gd.conf and NOT SSL.CONF;
> Don't know how this happened?
> Starting httpd: Syntax error on line 143 of /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl_gd.conf:
> SSLCertificateFile: file '/etc/sslcertificate/gd.crt' does not exist or is
> empty
>                                                            [FAILED]
> Can anyone give some pointers to solve this?

The default httpd.conf looks for and includes any file with a .conf
extension from /etc/httpd/conf.d/ . If you want it to not load one of
the two configs you're using, make it .bak or something  other than

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