This error completely stumped me a couple of weeks ago. Apparently someone was adjusting the Apache configuration, then they checked their syntax and attempted to restart Apache. It went down without a problem, but it refused to start properly, and didn’t bind to any ports. Within the Apache error logs, this message appeared over and over: Apache is basically saying “I want to start, but I need to write some things down before I can start, and I have nowhere to write them!