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    Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    This is 12.10 running on a laptop with all the latest updates.
    Since getting the latest kernel update I get to see some messages when booting. The ones that end in [OK] that precede the splashscreen.
    I also get a very rough initialisation of the video card, a white screen with black "noise" for a split second.
    I have noticed that apache2 is being started. I have searched the system logs but not found anything.
    The "top" command does not show it.
    I get the following from "ps" but how do I find what starts it?

    Code:
    coldraven@happy:~$ ps ax | grep apache2
     1172 ?        Ss     0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
     1174 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
     1175 ?        Sl     0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
     1176 ?        Sl     0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
    25811 pts/0    S+     0:00 grep --color=auto apache2
    Thanks
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    Re: Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by coldraven View Post
    This is 12.10 running on a laptop with all the latest updates.
    Since getting the latest kernel update I get to see some messages when booting. The ones that end in [OK] that precede the splashscreen.
    I also get a very rough initialisation of the video card, a white screen with black "noise" for a split second.
    I have noticed that apache2 is being started. I have searched the system logs but not found anything.
    The "top" command does not show it.
    I get the following from "ps" but how do I find what starts it?

    Code:
    coldraven@happy:~$ ps ax | grep apache2
     1172 ?        Ss     0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
     1174 ?        S      0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
     1175 ?        Sl     0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
     1176 ?        Sl     0:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
    25811 pts/0    S+     0:00 grep --color=auto apache2
    Thanks
    The easiest way to find out would be to try removing Apache2. When asking for confirmation that you really want to remove Apache, it will list any packages on your system that depend on Apache2 and would also need to be removed. Of course, once you know, you can hit N to cancel the removal of Apache.
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    Re: Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    hi
    looks like upstart.
    --> cd /etc/init and: grep apache *
    there i guess you will see where apache is started. if you ain't want to start apache --> comment it out.
    oh - have a look in rc.local too.
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    Re: Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    The easiest way to find out would be to try removing Apache2. When asking for confirmation that you really want to remove Apache, it will list any packages on your system that depend on Apache2 and would also need to be removed. Of course, once you know, you can hit N to cancel the removal of Apache.
    I used Synaptic and there were no dependencies, only apache2 was going to be removed.


    looks like upstart.
    --> cd /etc/init and: grep apache *
    there i guess you will see where apache is started. if you ain't want to start apache --> comment it out.
    oh - have a look in rc.local too.
    Nothing in /etc/init/upstart* or /etc/rc.local

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    Re: Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    ps -ef should reveal parent PID.
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    Re: Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iowan View Post
    ps -ef should reveal parent PID.
    That gives the following but I don't know what it means
    Code:
        root      1176     1  0 06:57 ?          00:00:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
    www-data  1181  1176  0 06:57 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
    www-data  1183  1176  0 06:57 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
    www-data  1184  1176  0 06:57 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/apache2 -k start
    In /var/www/ there is the usual "It Works!" index.html
    In /var/www/dwww I found an index page for Debian Documentation, I don't remember installing this.

    Code:
    /var/www/dwww$ ls
    debian.png  dwww.css  index.html  man  menu
    I am not too alarmed, I will be doing a fresh install of 13.04 when it is released shortly. I think I will be dual booting with CentOS as I need to learn the RHEL way of doing things.
    Thanks for the responses, I'll mark this as solved shortly.

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    Re: Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by coldraven View Post
    In /var/www/dwww I found an index page for Debian Documentation, I don't remember installing this.


    perhaps one of the programmes pulled it in as dependecy. hard to say since we do not know what and how you were installing.
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    Re: Why is apache2 starting on my 12.10 desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    perhaps one of the programmes pulled it in as dependecy. hard to say since we do not know what and how you were installing.
    You are probably right although it could have been there all the time.
    When I install 13.04 I will check to see if I have a /var/www directory.
    Meanwhile, I will mark this a solved.Thanks for your input.

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