can't bind to port 80

Bug #551211 reported by Lenin on 2010-03-29
This bug affects 10 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
lighttpd (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: lighttpd

i'm sure nothing is already bound, since netstat -plunt | grep 80 returns nothing. the version in karmic works, the one in lucid not: (1.4.22-1ubuntu4 and 1.4.26-1.1ubuntu1). I backported karmic version, that works again now. i'm on a powerpc g4 imac.

Kenneth O'Brien (kobrien) wrote :

Output from me. (clean install lucid beta 1)

* Starting web server lighttpd 2010-03-29 23:32:04: (network.c.345) can't bind to port: :: 80 Address already in use [fail] invoke-rc.d: initscript lighttpd, action "start" failed. Setting up spawn-fcgi (1.6.3-1) ... update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/spawn-fcgi.standalone to provide /usr/bin/spawn-fcgi (spawn-fcgi) in auto mode. update-alternatives: warning: not replacing /usr/share/man/man1/spawn-fcgi.1.gz with a link.

Changed in lighttpd (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Kenneth O'Brien (kobrien) wrote :

I assume a missing a dependency?

Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

No, that's not related to spawn-fcgi.
I can confirm that nothing is running on port 80 for me, too ("netstat -tulpen | grep 80").
Using port 81 in the lighttpd conf works however.

@Kenneth: does lighty start for you on port 80?

Changed in lighttpd (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: Confirmed → Triaged
milestone: none → ubuntu-10.04-beta-2
Kenneth O'Brien (kobrien) wrote :

Doesn't start, no.

Changed in lighttpd (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Kenneth O'Brien (kobrien)
Kenneth O'Brien (kobrien) wrote :

*patching this*

Andres Rodriguez (andreserl) wrote :

Hi all,

You might want to commend in lighttpd.conf the following:

include_shell "/usr/share/lighttpd/"

On the other hand, you might wan't to check [1]:


Andres Rodriguez (andreserl) wrote :

According to comment [1] from upstream, they will have a new logic to handle IPV6 for lighttpd 2.0.x. They recommend to drop the use of script by default.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package lighttpd - 1.4.26-1.1ubuntu2

lighttpd (1.4.26-1.1ubuntu2) lucid; urgency=low

  * debian/lighttpd.conf: Comment '' by default, which causes
    failure to bind port in ipv4 (LP: #551211)
 -- Andres Rodriguez <email address hidden> Sat, 03 Apr 2010 15:37:37 -0400

Changed in lighttpd (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Kenneth O'Brien (kobrien) wrote :

This fixes the issue.

Changed in lighttpd (Ubuntu):
assignee: Kenneth O'Brien (kobrien) → nobody
RoyK (roysk) wrote :

The proposed fix seems to break IPv6 after all, changing bind address to localhost instead of "any".

Andres Rodriguez (andreserl) wrote :

That's why the use-ipv6 script in lighttpd.conf is now disabled by default. As I previously said over a discussion on irc and as explained in the Debian bug, this will be addressed differently by upstream developers of lighttpd [1], for lighttpd sandbox/2.0.


bodhi.zazen (bodhi.zazen) wrote :

This bug is still a "problem" in lucid.

# service lighttpd start
Syntax OK
 * Starting web server lighttpd 2010-05-13 20:37:27: (network.c.345) can't bind to port: :: 80 Address already in use

# apt-cache show lighttpd
Package: lighttpd
Priority: optional
Section: universe/web
Installed-Size: 1012
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <email address hidden>
Original-Maintainer: Debian lighttpd maintainers <pkg-lighttpd-maintainers@lists>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 1.4.26-1.1ubuntu3
Provides: httpd, httpd-cgi
Depends: libattr1 (>= 2.4.41-1), libbz2-1.0, libc6 (>= 2.4), libgamin0 | libfam0 , libldap-2.4-2 (>= 2.4.7), libpcre3 (>= 7.7), libssl0.9.8 (>= 0.9.8k-1), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4), lsb-base (>= 3.2-14), mime-support, libterm-readline-perl-perl
Recommends: spawn-fcgi
Suggests: openssl, rrdtool, apache2-utils, ufw
Conflicts: cherokee (<= 0.6.1-1)
Filename: pool/universe/l/lighttpd/lighttpd_1.4.26-1.1ubuntu3_amd64.deb
Size: 297310
MD5sum: 0b4788bed2a0c0ed7d303c376a57b30f
SHA1: 039999c1e10cd4d7294bf8a54d56522fa49d8132
SHA256: 670764b138cc37b00574c636ac6c3d88bcb9bb146746a2a018cd3cfe56a8635c
Description: A fast webserver with minimal memory footprint
 lighttpd is a small webserver and fast webserver developed with
 security in mind and a lot of features.
 It has support for
   * CGI, FastCGI and SSI
   * virtual hosts
   * URL rewriting
   * authentication (plain files, htpasswd, ldap)
   * transparent content compression
   * conditional configuration
 and configuration is straight-forward and easy.
Origin: Ubuntu

# grep ipv6 /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf
## Use ipv6 only if available.
include_shell "/usr/share/lighttpd/"

I can start lighttpd by commenting out that line

#include_shell "/usr/share/lighttpd/"

Durand D'souza (durand1) wrote :

It's still a problem in maverick.

Stefan Bühler (stbuehler) wrote :

This has been fixed upstream in 1.4.27, for details see
The debian script can be used again.

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