What does “VirtualHost overlap on port 443” mean?

Why does Apache report “[warn] _default_ VirtualHost overlap on port 443, the first has precedence” when I start it?

If you’re going to be serving HTTP -and- HTTPS, be advised that most Apache2 distributions (including Debian) are missing a necessary “NameVirtualHost *:443” statement in /etc/apache2/ports.conf.

Add the line to ports.conf:

<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
 # If you add NameVirtualHost *:443 here, you will also have to change
 # the VirtualHost statement in /etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl
 # to <VirtualHost *:443>
 # Server Name Indication for SSL named virtual hosts is currently not
 # supported by MSIE on Windows XP.
 Listen 443
 NameVirtualHost *:443

Now tell Apache to reload it’s configuration:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 reload

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