Ubuntu – Failed to start Lighttpd Daemon on boot

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Every time I turn on my laptop, I see this error message about Lighttpd appearing several times while booting process (also on systemctl --failed):

Failed to start Lighttpd Daemon.
See 'systemctl status lighttpd.service' for details.

After logging in, I typed systemctl status lighttpd.service and got this output:

‚óŹ lighttpd.service - Lighttpd Daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/lighttpd.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Thu 2018-09-06 20:54:16 +05; 22min ago
  Process: 1170 ExecStartPre=/usr/sbin/lighttpd -tt -f /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf (code=exited, status=127)

Sen 06 20:54:16 ibrokhim-i systemd[1]: lighttpd.service: Service hold-off time over, scheduling restart.
Sen 06 20:54:16 ibrokhim-i systemd[1]: lighttpd.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 5.
Sen 06 20:54:16 ibrokhim-i systemd[1]: Stopped Lighttpd Daemon.
Sen 06 20:54:16 ibrokhim-i systemd[1]: lighttpd.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
Sen 06 20:54:16 ibrokhim-i systemd[1]: lighttpd.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Sen 06 20:54:16 ibrokhim-i systemd[1]: Failed to start Lighttpd Daemon.

Also, this is the output from cat /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf:

server.modules = (
    "mod_access",
    "mod_alias",
    "mod_compress",
    "mod_redirect",
)

server.document-root        = "/var/www/html"
server.upload-dirs          = ( "/var/cache/lighttpd/uploads" )
server.errorlog             = "/var/log/lighttpd/error.log"
server.pid-file             = "/var/run/lighttpd.pid"
server.username             = "www-data"
server.groupname            = "www-data"
server.port                 = 80


index-file.names            = ( "index.php", "index.html", "index.lighttpd.html" )
url.access-deny             = ( "~", ".inc" )
static-file.exclude-extensions = ( ".php", ".pl", ".fcgi" )

compress.cache-dir          = "/var/cache/lighttpd/compress/"
compress.filetype           = ( "application/javascript", "text/css", "text/html", "text/plain" )

# default listening port for IPv6 falls back to the IPv4 port
## Use ipv6 if available
#include_shell "/usr/share/lighttpd/use-ipv6.pl " + server.port
include_shell "/usr/share/lighttpd/create-mime.assign.pl"
include_shell "/usr/share/lighttpd/include-conf-enabled.pl"

How can I fix this problem?

Best Answer

Turns out this is a bug that's been around for years, if this issue is anything to go by. Several users in the comments of that bug claim that installing the gamin package solves this issue.

I haven't done any extensive testing, but it seems to be a solution. Running sudo apt install --reinstall lighttpd normally shows that it fails to start lighttpd. However, after installing gamin, the output looks like it normally would for any successful package installation. systemctl status also shows lighttpd as active and running now.

Note that the package libfam0 gets removed when installing gamin. I don't know what it's for, or what packages may depend on it, so keep that in mind, unless someone else can comment as to its usefulness and necessity.

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