Fix for “Missing owner for domain X, force lookup to root”

On recent cPanel versions, rebuilding the Apache conf returns the following non-fatal error:

root@server [~]# /scripts/rebuildhttpdconf
info [rebuildhttpdconf] Missing owner for domain, force lookup to root
Built /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf OK

The error does not adversely effect the way the httpd.conf file is built, but the presence of the unnecessary info message can be annoying.  And by “can be annoying”, I mean “is annoying”.

To fix this, you will need to edit the main vhost template for the ‘nobody’ user, which owns the primary hostname of your server.  Edit /var/cpanel/userdata/nobody/$hostname and add this line to the bottom of the file:

owner: 'nobody'

Then run /scripts/rebuildhttpdconf again and the “error” should be gone.


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