Tag Archives: Debugging

Debug Apache on a FileMaker Server

Since FileMaker Server version 13, FMS has used its own Apache configuration files on macOS instead of just adding includes to the OS configuration files. Because of this, the technique I mentioned here no longer works for newer systems. This new arrangement has reduced issues for FileMaker Server’s web connectivity. But updates or other changes can still cause the httpd process to fail to start up, and all you’ll see is something like this in the system log:

Jan 18 13:13:14 myservername com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.filemaker.httpd.start[574]): Service exited with abnormal code: 1

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Enable WebKit debugger in FileMaker Web Viewer

If you are having difficulty getting your HTML, CSS, or JavaScript to render in a FileMaker Web Viewer, you may have a struggle ahead of you trying to find the problem, and no good way to debug it. In comparison, most web browsers have debug facilities that can help developers find problems in their code.

It turns out if you are using Mac OS X you can get the same facilities found in Safari to debug your code that’s running in a FileMaker Web Viewer.

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Debugging Apache with OSXS 10.8 Server 2.2

Besides being a bit of a mouthful, debugging Apache configuration issues has gotten slightly more complicated after Apple released the Server 2.2 update for Mac OS X Server.

Formerly, you could do a basic configuration check this way:

# apachectl -t

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