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I need a quick and and simple http server for my debian box. All I want it to do it load up one directory and have all html files bellow that. What should I install and what ports do I need to open up?
An HTTP server is an extremely simple program to write ... when someone else has already done the work for you. Note, however, that systems will by-design restrict access to "low-numbered ports" such as the HTTP default port (80). So, if you can stand to include a port-number in your URL [i](e.g. http://localhost:8500/foobar, you're in business ... no special privileges required.
If, on the other hand, you do need to be able to omit the port-number from your URLs, then you'd probably be better-off to go all the way and use Apache.
Last edited by sundialsvcs; 11-10-2009 at 08:23 PM.
You could put the index.html anywhere you want. You just need to tell apache about the Document Root and Directory Index.
Typically web root folder is /var/www. Put your index.html there and start your server.
On web browser browse your server like http://<your server name>