XAMPP: Error 1! Couldn’t start Apache! … Sorry, I’ve no idea what’s going wrong.

Today I helped my friend to install XAMPP on a Debian system. When I tried to start the Apache webserver, I got the following message:

#/opt/lampp/lampp startapache
XAMPP: Starting Apache with SSL (and PHP5)...
XAMPP: Error 1! Couldn't start Apache!
XAMPP: Starting diagnose...
XAMPP: Sorry, I've no idea what's going wrong.
XAMPP: Please contact our forum http://www.apachefriends.org/f/

This problem is likely related to your Apache configuration file. To drill down to the root of the problem, we can take a look to the Apache error log:

tail /opt/lampp/log/error_log

and it should give you some info on how to solve this computer problem.


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  1. But even after looking at error_log file cant figure out why its failing. It was working with same config file but after restarting my notebook. apache is not coming up

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