I followed an online article to remove my Apache from my system.
I removed Apache through these commands

sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils
sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2-bin
sudo apt-get autoremove

Then in the article they mentioned to remove the files and directories of the results of whereis apache2.

After running the command whereis apache2 I found


I removed the above directories and files through command sudo rm -rf file_or_directory_name.

Then I tried

sudo apt-get install apache2

I clicked 'y' when the system asked do you want to continue?.

Then the error came:

Setting up apache2 (2.4.7-1ubuntu4.4) ...
cp: cannot stat ‘/usr/share/apache2/default-site/index.html’: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing package apache2 (--configure): subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:  apache2 E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I tried sudo apt-get install apache2 again after running the sudo apt-get update command, but still got the same error results.

  • you can use apt-file to search for which package contains which file like so: apt-file search /usr/share/apache2/default-site/index.html. faqforge.com/linux/…
    – mchid
    Mar 14, 2015 at 19:16
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    Don't follow online tutorials blindly. Do not remove system files using rm -rf. That is what the packaging system is for. Mar 18, 2015 at 3:50
  • yes , i realized that , Mar 18, 2015 at 4:29

2 Answers 2


To recover /usr/share/apache2/default-site/index.html you need to re-install apache2-data. Given your current situation, try

sudo apt-get purge apache2-data
sudo apt-get install apache2

Presumably your system ended up in that state because apt-get autoremove didn't uninstall apache2-data, but your rm -rf removed the files it contained. Then apt-get install apache2 would reckon that apache2-data was still installed and didn't need to be re-installed, but its files were gone...

sudo apt-get purge apache2 apache2-utils apache2.2-bin apache2-common

sudo apt-get --purge remove apache2

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge

sudo apt-get purge apache2-data


sudo apt-get install apache2
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    Welcome to the site, and thank you for your contribution. Note, however, that it is not quite obvious how your answer is to be applied to solve the OPs problem; you may want to edit it to provide more explanation. Also, it would seem that essentially the steps you propose are the same as in @StephenKitt's answer; perhaps you could explain how your approach is different.
    – AdminBee
    Jun 16, 2020 at 11:24

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