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Old 12-09-2003, 03:20 AM   #1
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Angry Can not access localhost from local machine - RedHat 9

ok here goes

I installed RedHat 9 on my system, and for the most part things are good. My hardware is recognized and all that stuff. (Well, not my Radeon 9600 Pro, but I don't need linux for intense graphics, I've got WinXP for that)

The trouble started when I typed "localhost" (with the http junk in front) into the mozilla browser. This is the error I received: "The conection was refused when attmpting to contact localhost"

I also tried just typing in "", same error. (with the http junk in front)

I received a similar error from Konqueror:

"An error occured while loading localhost:

Could not connect to host localhost"

I did install Apache 1.3.x and the install went fine, and I was able to start that server without a single problem. What am I missing?

This is bothersome because my soul purpose for installing RedHat on my machine was to get better aquainted with Linux based web servers. Hmmm, if I can't even access "localhost" on my own machine...

I have searched around for an answer to this problem on the web and a lot of people seem to be having the same problem, but there aren't a lot of answers out there...

I am so new to linux it's not funny, but I learn fast, so if anyone has any ideas, I would really appreciate it.
Old 12-09-2003, 03:37 AM   #2
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if apache is working thats cool. next you'll need bind working if your to use a name like localhost.

but typing the IP should have worked....

i think you need to amend the httpd.conf file to specify what IP apache will listen on. did you do that?
Old 12-09-2003, 01:03 PM   #3
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Unhappy I fixed it the easy way

Here is what I did, you'll laugh, really.

I ERASED the hard drive and reinstalled redhat 9 from scratch.
After reinstalling, I started up the apache server, all was good in the land of localhost.

Yes, I know that it was the least productive solution, but I just haven't gotten over the Linux learning curve enough to know what to have done about it.

Thank you for the reply though!!
Old 12-09-2003, 01:17 PM   #4
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For future refference and anyone else who may read this. Check that your loopback "lo" device is active:
ifconfig lo

and that you have a loopback "" route:
route -n

It could also be a firewall problem. Make sure port 80 isn't blocked:
iptables -nL


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