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What is going on? can't start webmin. I am locked out of 10000

root@mail:~# systemctl status webmin.service ● webmin.service Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; generated) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-09-28 01:13:16 UTC; 2min 14 Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) Process: 24514 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/webmin stop (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Process: 30378 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/webmin start (code=exited, status=203/EXE

Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Starting webmin.service… Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed to execute command: Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed at step EXEC spawnin Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Control process exited, code=ex Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Failed to start webmin.service. lines 1-13/13 (END)…skipping… ● webmin.service Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; generated) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-09-28 01:13:16 UTC; 2min 14s ago Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) Process: 24514 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/webmin stop (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Process: 30378 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/webmin start (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Starting webmin.service… Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed to execute command: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed at step EXEC spawning /etc/init.d/webmin: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=203 Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Failed to start webmin.service. …skipping… ● webmin.service ● webmin.service Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; generated) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-09-28 01:13:16 UTC; 2min 14s ago Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) Process: 24514 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/webmin stop (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Process: 30378 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/webmin start (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Starting webmin.service… Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed to execute command: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed at step EXEC spawning /etc/init.d/webmin: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=203 Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Failed to start webmin.service. …skipping… ● webmin.service Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; generated) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-09-28 01:13:16 UTC; 2min 14s ago Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) Process: 24514 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/webmin stop (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Process: 30378 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/webmin start (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Starting webmin.service… Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed to execute command: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed at step EXEC spawning /etc/init.d/webmin: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=203 Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Failed to start webmin.service. …skipping… ● webmin.service ● webmin.service ● webmin.service ● webmin.service Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; generated) …skipping…

● webmin.service Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; generated) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-09-28 01:13:16 UTC; 2min 14s ago Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) Process: 24514 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/webmin stop (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Process: 30378 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/webmin start (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Starting webmin.service… Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed to execute command: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed at step EXEC spawning /etc/init.d/webmin: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=203 Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Failed to start webmin.service. …skipping… ● webmin.service Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/webmin; generated) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-09-28 01:13:16 UTC; 2min 14s ago Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) Process: 24514 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/webmin stop (code=exited, status=203/EXEC) Process: 30378 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/webmin start (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Starting webmin.service… Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed to execute command: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[30378]: webmin.service: Failed at step EXEC spawning /etc/init.d/webmin: Exec format error Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=203 Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: webmin.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. Sep 28 01:13:16 mail systemd[1]: Failed to start webmin.service.

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Hello, @jbEel

Can you execute one of the following commands for more details?

  1. journalctl -xe
  1. systemctl status webmin.service

You can also open a separate ssh connection and try to start the service while loading the journalctl logs.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex

Hi @jbEel,

Have you checked if something is not listening to that port already? If there is a process using this port, you won’t be able to start webadmin on the same port. You can check the used ports with the command:

nestat -tulpen

Now, if the port is not in use, there could be a thousand possibilities. What I’ll recommend you to do is, try and restart/start webadmin when it fails check your journal - journalctl -xe or the status of your service with systemctl status webadmin. If you don’t see anything there, then turn your attention to the webadmin error_log in there you’ll no doubt see the errors which are causing your service to fail.

If you are not sure how to proceed with the errors, post them here and we’ll try to give you some pointers from where to start.