Chapter Apache Installation in Linux-Mandrake
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Linux Unix Windows GUI based approach to Apache installation. Linux: Where Unix meets Windows
Apache Configuration Using KDE • In this section, Apache will be configured using the available tools and utilities of the KDE desktop. This is not necessarily a recommended way to run a web server, but it does offer a convenient environment to begin learning the first steps of running a web server in the safety of an internal LAN.
Using ktail to Monitor Installation • Alt-F2will open a mini-command line in KDE, andkdesu -c ktailwill launch ktail as the root user.Ktail will be used throughout the following pages to monitor Apache's log files during configuration
Launching ktail to Monitor the Installation Alt F2 opens a mini command line
Loading Your Own Web • A web can now be stored in this folder to become the website on the Apache server • Index.html will be the first file that would be accessed first
Accessing the Website from Other Machines Use IP Address
Event Details • Date and time of event • What type of event • The event itself
Other Details on Access Log • The machine's name or IP address that accessed the server • Date and time of access• The file that was transferred • An access code and the number of bytes transferred • The server's name or IP address that was requested • The web browser that was used • And some info about the visitor's system
Location of conf Files A copy has been made of the conf files folder
Making a Copy of the Conf Files • /etc/httpd/conf is where Apache's configuration files are located. You may want to first make a backup copy of the original configuration directory before making edits to the enclosed files. Ctrl-t opens a konsole in the current directory, and cp -r conf confOrigBackup recursively copies the folder & contents with a new name.
A Note on Modules • This first section of Apache's configuration file deals with modules. Modules add extra capabilities to Apache that aren't normally included in its basic set of features. If you install Mandrake's RPM modules for Apache you most likely won't ever need to manually enter any module information yourself, as the required entries will automatically be added with the packages. • continued
php3 Module: An Example • mod_php3 is a module that enables this popular scripting language to be used with Apache. If mod_php3 is installed on your system, you can test it by creating a simple test page as seen on the next page
Success in Testing for php3 • You can test Apache by loading the page into Netscape. If php3 wasn't enabled properly, a screen of raw text would appear instead of a normal looking web page as seen here.
A Note on Testing for php3 • This is just a quick way to demonstrate if php3 is enabled on a server. php3 is a full-featured, HTML-embedded scripting language used for creating dynamically generated web pages. One common use of php3 is as a replacement for CGI scripts. Unfortunately this topic can't be covered in detail on these pages. For more info on php3, phpbuilder is a good starting point.
Document Root • The document root is where the web pages of the active website are kept • Similar to the home directory of the www server in Windows
Absence of index File • A directory listing is displayed as shown in the previous slide in the absence of an index file
Activating Configuration Changes • After every configuration change Apache must be restarted • It is usually a good practice to make one change at a time and then check ktail to ensure that the change had been made without any errors before proceeding to make the next change
Starting, Stopping and Restarting Apache • Commands • apachetl start, apachetl stop, apachetl restart • GUI • Apache may also be started, stopped and restarted through the control services GUI • Access the httpd service for this purpose
Viewing of Serve Status Other IP addresses may be specified for viewing of server status from other machines.
Display of Server Status From a different machine.