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Old 10-04-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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how to save a file so that it can be opened in localhost


Am trying to rewire my brain circuits to use Linux instead of Windows. I installed a LAMP server (on Ubuntu 11.04) I get the "It works!" file from http://localhost/

I see the file path that leads to the default page: (index.html) in File System/var/www/index.html

When, using gedit, I attempt to save another file (test.php) in .../var/www/ , the system tells me it could not save the file, and that I don't have the required permissions.

It doesn't ask me for a password to allow me to save the file there.

I am the only user of the computer.

Assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.

~George
 
Old 10-04-2011, 03:06 PM   #2
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You'll need to use sudo to get the required privileges. See this and this for more info.
 
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:09 PM   #3
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How did you run gedit to edit that file.

Run as follows:

Code:
sudo gedit /var/www/test.php
 
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Dear Nylex and Terminator,

Thanks for your kind replies. Please know that you are writing to a new Linux user. Let me explain my problem in a different way. Using Windows, any .html file can be opened in a browser. To open a .php file however, that file must be in the htdocs file in a XAMPP server, and the browser must access it through http://localhost

I am assuming the Linux var/www folder is like the Windows htdocs folder.

My question is, how do I, using Ubuntu, save a file (be it made in gedit or an IDE such as Quanta Plus) named test.php to the var/www folder [so that it can be opened using localhost]?

Thanks very much!

~George
 
Old 10-04-2011, 04:08 PM   #5
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I am assuming the Linux var/www folder is like the Windows htdocs folder.
Yes, that is correct.

Here are the steps that I can suggest.

Code:
sudo vi test.php
By default when you open up the terminal your present working directory is /home/user/desktop

Copy the file from your desktop to /var/www

Code:
sudo cp /home/user/desktop/test.php /var/www/
Open up the browser and type:
Code:
http://localhost/test.php
 
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:54 PM   #6
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sudo cp /home/george/Desktop/test.php /var/www/

When I use the above command, it moves the file (test.php) to the /var/www/ folder. I can see that it is in that folder, and not corrupt. When I use localhost to open the .html file, it displays properly in the browser ("It works"). However, when I change the address to http://localhost/test.php, I get a popup that asks "What should Firefox do with this file?" I tried a second .php file, and it was moved to the /var/www/ folder, but again, the same popup appears instead of the web page.

Sadly, the sarcastic response you'd expect from a frustrated rookie is not given as an option in the popup.

My guess is that PHP is not installed/activated/working in LAMP. Is this a reasonable assumption, and if it is, should I start over and re-install LAMP?

Thanks!

~George
 
Old 10-04-2011, 06:24 PM   #7
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I don't have LAMP installed on Ubuntu but the other Linux systems I have used always had these file in either /var/www/htdocs or /var/www/html. I guess that's not the case with Ubuntu?

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My guess is that PHP is not installed/activated/working in LAMP
I would guess that your guess is correct. There is something wrong with the php configuration but the problem is it could be any number of things. Wrong Document Root in php.ini, needed php modules not loaded as well as others.

What method did you use to install LAMP. The link below gives what looks like the simplest way?

http://www.multimediaboom.com/how-to...-0410-1010-04/
 
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:38 PM   #8
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Here is a link which explains similar issue: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=943570
 
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:16 PM   #9
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I followed the instructions in an article similar to this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=943570

Neither gives an important step; restart the computer after installation.

After a restart, it works perfectly!

I'm wondering if I should have known this?

Thanks very much for the kind and generous assistance.

~George
 
Old 10-05-2011, 12:42 AM   #10
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Usually, as indicated in a couple of the posts in your link, restarting Apache works. Any time you modify configuration files you need to restart Apache.
 
  


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