Apache2 HTTP Ubuntu Won't Restart

Hey since I have attempted to install SSL onto my site I am unable to restart without removing it from the config.

I am running Ubuntu Ubuntu 18.04 x64

Changes for SSL:

<VirtualHost *:443>
DocumentRoot   /var/www/html
ServerName -- I have the actual site name here
SSLEngine      on
SSLCertificateFile        /ssl-files/ # I have the actual cert here
SSLCertificateKeyFile     /ssl-files/site_name.key # I have the actual key name here

However when I run this I in the conf I get

See "systemctl status apache2.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.```

For some reason when I remove the SSL parts it works fine, I have tried purging and reinstalling apache2, with no luck. 

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Can you post the output of the command “journalctl -xe” when this happens? It will likely contain some clues. But generally when the Apache service fails right after an SSL directive or cert change, it means two things:

  1. The SSL cert is invalid (corrupted, cert doesn’t match the key and vice versa)

  2. The files don’t exist or are not permissioned correctly

I’d check those two things and with the actual error from the log, I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out the culprit.