Msg#: 4621938 posted 11:11 pm on Nov 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
Preliminary question that you forgot to answer: does conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf physically exist in the (relative) location specified? (You are infuriated by the technician asking if your washing machine is plugged in ... until the day you go to check and Oh. Oops. Never mind then!)
Msg#: 4621938 posted 9:55 pm on Nov 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Next diagnostic test: Comment-out the entire content of the file to be included-- but not the line that calls the include. Does the server still crash? First step is to work out if it's the act of inclusion or the content of the file that's causing trouble.
Does "quit working" mean that the server physically shuts down, that it plays dead, or simply that it throws a 500 error on all requests?
Msg#: 4621938 posted 2:05 am on Nov 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
Do you mean, 403 response to all requests all the time? At this point you really should be able to glean some information from error logs. The information may turn out to be "request denied by server configuration" (probably the #1 most unhelpful error message in all of Apache) but let's start there.
phranque, does it really say <VirtualHost *>example2.com> with mysterious extra > or was that an artifact of editing?