I can't start httpd on RHEL 7.

[root@machine]# systemctl restart httpd
Failed to restart httpd.service: Unit not found.

I tried...

yum update -y
yum install httpd -y
systemctl restart httpd

Same result. Apache config looks OK:

[root@machine]# httpd -t
Syntax OK

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.7 (Maipo)

[root@machine me]# rpm -q httpd


[root@machine me]# systemctl status httpd
● httpd.service - The Apache HTTP Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Mon 2020-01-27 15:38:54 CST; 1 day 16h ago
     Docs: man:httpd(8)
  Process: 36851 ExecStop=/bin/kill -WINCH ${MAINPID} (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
  Process: 36849 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/httpd $OPTIONS -DFOREGROUND (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
 Main PID: 36849 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 httpd[36849]: (98)Address already in use: AH0007...0
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 httpd[36849]: (98)Address already in use: AH0007...0
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 httpd[36849]: no listening sockets available, sh...n
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 httpd[36849]: AH00015: Unable to open logs
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 systemd[1]: httpd.service: main process exited, ...E
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 kill[36851]: kill: cannot find process ""
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 systemd[1]: httpd.service: control process exite...1
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 systemd[1]: Failed to start The Apache HTTP Server.
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 systemd[1]: Unit httpd.service entered failed state.
Jan 27 15:38:54 faspbsy0002 systemd[1]: httpd.service failed.
Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
  • did you try with service httpd start ?
    Jan 27, 2020 at 22:29
  • What is the output of rpm -q httpd? Possibly also rpm -ql httpd | grep service and systemctl list-unit-files | grep http. If those return results, does systemctl status httpd output anything? Were there any post-install errors after you initially installed httpd? Jan 28, 2020 at 1:10
  • @GracefulRestart -- I will edit my question to add the output from those commands.
    – arnoldbird
    Jan 29, 2020 at 14:28
  • Do journalctl -xf -l --unit httpd to see what errors it gets. The problem shown by your log is that the address is already in use, but the line is shortened. The -l will show you the full error. "Address already in use" probably means that there are earlier instances that have not shut down completely (IIRC, there is also a delay when a TCP socket is shut down and before it is released, so maybe you are not waiting long enough for the previous failed restart to clean up before retrying).
    – NickD
    Jan 29, 2020 at 14:40
  • [root@faspbsy0002 me]# journalctl -xf -l --unit httpd ... Result at pastebin.com/UMb3Hd2s
    – arnoldbird
    Jan 29, 2020 at 16:22

2 Answers 2


Unit not found seems to me that httpd is not serviced properly.

Try the following

systemctl is-enabled httpd
systemctl is-active httpd

If both return again unit not found, try to install httpd again, make a backup of your config first.

yum remove httpd

yum search apache
yum install httpd
  • systemctl is-enabled httpd -> disabled.
    – arnoldbird
    Jan 29, 2020 at 14:31
  • systemctl is-active httpd -> failed
    – arnoldbird
    Jan 29, 2020 at 14:32
  • After removing httpd, search apache and install httpd, I am still unable to start apache. You can see the output from my attempts to start apache, and from journalctl, at pastebin.com/tb5BQWDa
    – arnoldbird
    Jan 29, 2020 at 15:06
  • you are trying to start a the http in a port that is already used by another service. Please provide the output of netstat -tulnp
    Jan 29, 2020 at 16:30
  • @BANJOSA -- Output at pastebin.com/szvXnn16
    – arnoldbird
    Jan 29, 2020 at 16:46

The problem appears to be that I had two different versions of Apache installed: the standard version and one from Red Hat Software Collections.

[root@faspbsy0002 httpd24]# yum list installed | grep httpd
httpd.x86_64                  2.4.6-90.el7             @rhel-7-server-rpms      
httpd-tools.x86_64            2.4.6-90.el7             @rhel-7-server-rpms      
httpd24-httpd.x86_64          2.4.34-7.el7.1           @rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms
httpd24-httpd-tools.x86_64    2.4.34-7.el7.1           @rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms
httpd24-libcurl.x86_64        7.61.1-2.el7             @rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms
httpd24-libnghttp2.x86_64     1.7.1-7.el7              @rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms
httpd24-mod_ssl.x86_64        1:2.4.34-7.el7.1         @rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms
httpd24-runtime.x86_64        1.1-18.el7               @rhel-server-rhscl-7-rpms

To restart Apache, I needed to do...

systemctl restart httpd24-httpd

And I should probably also remove the version of Apache I don't use.

I also discovered that httpd -V is misleading in this situation, because it gives the httpd_root and document_root of the standard Apache, but that was not the Apache in use.

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