500 Error


#1

I got a 500 Internal Server Error tonight. The only change made was the addition of a new folder and some files. As soon as I realized the error, I took the files down. However, the error is still running.

There’s no record of it in the error log.

I’ve already submitted a support ticket to Dreamhost.

One interesting thing I found was that there was a “core” file in my site root folder. It had no extention and was 54 MB. I downloaded a copy to my computer in case it was important, but I deleted it from the server. Neither I nor anyone else who has access to the files knew what it was and it randomly appeared on the 28th.

Anyone know anything about this core file or anything else I can try to get rid of this 500 error?

Thanks,
Orange


#2

The core file will be generated by whatever framework/app you are using, or actually the interpreter of the language used by that framework/app. It can be read by a debugger such as gdb.

Can you revert your changes to a known good condition?

There should be something in the error log (logs/example.com/http/error.log). I’ve never seen a 500 error which didn’t produce some output in the log files.

Without more specifics on the app/framework you are using and the changes you made, there’s little anyone can do to help.


#3

Are you on VPS? If 500 still occurs after you revert your change, try to restart your apache server.