Apache as a Windows Service?

Bert-Steffen Visser nospam@nospam.com
Sun Feb 13 16:28:00 GMT 2005


I also had problems installing httpd (apache 1.3.29) as a system service, 
    cygrunsrv -I httpd -d 'Cygwin HTTPD' -p /usr/sbin/httpd -a '-F'
    cygrunsrv -S httpd

/var/logs/apache/error_log reports:
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[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [alert] (22)Invalid argument: setuid: unable to change to uid: -1
[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [alert] (22)Invalid argument: setuid: unable to change to uid: -1
[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [alert] (22)Invalid argument: setuid: unable to change to uid: -1
[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [alert] (22)Invalid argument: setuid: unable to change to uid: -1
[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [notice] Apache/1.3.29 (Cygwin) configured -- resuming normal operations
[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [notice] Accept mutex: pthread (Default: pthread)
[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [alert] Child 3712 returned a Fatal error... 
Apache is exiting!
[Sun Feb 13 05:20:40 2005] [alert] (22)Invalid argument: setuid: unable to change to uid: -1
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So, perhaps our problems are related. I also found some older references reporting the same problem, but no with a clear solution:
http://www.cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2003-10/msg00557.html
http://sources.redhat.com/ml/cygwin/2002-10/msg01009.html

After quite a bit of trial and error (thought I messed something up with security rights), the solution seems to be to add the following line to /etc/apache/httpd.conf:
    User SYSTEM
(or whatever your name is for the Local System account in /etc/passwd)

I wonder if this is normal. I can't remember I needed this with previous apache versions. At least, it would be nice to add this in the README.

greetz,
Bert


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