Why does httpd failed to start with error message "httpd dead but subsys locked"?

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Issue

  • Apache httpd failed to start with following error:

    httpd dead but subsys locked
    
  • The output of service httpd status command shows following message, Why?

    httpd dead but subsys locked
    

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.x
    • httpd

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