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I just posted

to Unix Stack Exchange, and it rejected most of the tags I proposed (notably apache2 and httpd), which is a not-so-subtle clue that I was posting in the wrong site.

Which site should I have posted it to? Apple Stack Exchange?

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Maybe Super User? Apple.SE is more about hardware than software. – Richard J. Ross III Dec 25 '12 at 15:08

The question's on topic for either Apple Stack Exchange or Super User. You might want to clarify what happens when you state:

Since I have gotten it back, Apache appears to start without reported error, but I can't connect, even from the same machine

Does the browser mention any error messages or the like.


Having said that, there are few OS X questions on Unix, and looking at the past questions and given that your question is slanted towards Apache + OS X, there's no reason to believe why it would be offtopic for Unix.

Note: I'm not a Unix regular, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong

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"Does the browser mention any error messages or the like?" It gives the standard "can't connect" error. And if I try to telnet to localhost on port 80, it says that the connection is refused. I believe, because a lack of httpd processes shown by ps aux, that it is either not starting or starting but dying. I've tried a couple of channels, and none of them give evidence that httpd processes are running or that anything is listening on 80. – JonathanHayward Dec 25 '12 at 16:40
    
@JonathanHayward you should add that to the question :-) – Sathya Dec 25 '12 at 17:25

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