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I'm trying to turn off the Web Sharing service from the Preferences panel, but everything I try, it just gets stuck on ‘Interrupting...’, with an orange icon, and it doesn't do anything. If I close the Preferences panel and come back, I find it turned on again.

(I reckon that it's not stopping due to the missing /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist, because when I try to stop it using the terminal, with sudo apachectl stop, I get an error that says that it can't find that file)

What could I do to fix it?

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Did you delete /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist? If so, either replace it with a copy from another Mac (so it can be disabled properly), or reboot the computer (since it doesn't exist, it won't get loaded on reboot).

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Perhaps try sudo killall httpd? I'd also check Console to see if there's any errors.

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It kills just my own Apache server (installed separately) but not the built-in one! :( – entropid Nov 4 '11 at 23:48

If you're missing launch daemons from your /System/ folder, the best long-term solution is to perform an Archive and Install so that you keep your content and simply rebuild your damaged operating system.

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The only way to fix it was to reinstall OS X.

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