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CouchDB and PHP Web Development Beginner's Guide by Tim Juravich

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Time for action — examining Apache's log

In Chapter 6, we tried to locate our Apache log first. By default, it is saved at /private/var/log/apache2/error_log. If in the previous chapter you found it was located somewhere else, you can find its location again by typing grep ErrorLog /etc/apache2/httpd.conf.

Let's find out what the problem was.

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Retrieve the last few lines of the log by running the following command:
    tail /private/var/log/apache2/error_log
    
    
  3. The log will show you a bunch of things, but the most important message is this one, that says PHP Fatal error. Yours might be slightly different, but the overall message is the same.
    [Wed Sep 28 09:29:49 2011] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] PHP Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'SagCouchException' ...

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