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Old 11-28-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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Unhappy Fedora Woes for a N00B!

Hi everybody,

As you can tell from the title I'm a total N00B to Fedora. But I have heard lots of good things about it as a server. So that is exactly what I am trying to do. I am trying to set up a server for a web site that I have built. I am having some trouble with it and google isn't helping matters much. The first thing that I am trying to do is to get the web site to the hard drive. It is stored at the moment on an external pcmcia drive. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get fedora to see this drive. So if anyone can please do so cause I need all the help that I can get.

the nest thing is, once the i get the site to the hard drive where do i put iot and configure the server so that it will send it to all that request the page. Then how do I go about setting up a mail server and ftp server. As I said before, I'm a total noob. Please help oh mighty gods of linux.
Old 11-28-2007, 03:55 PM   #2
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I can't help with the PCMCIA drive but for the webserver set-up you'll need to ensure you have apache2 installed. To install this, either use the Software Manager or start a command prompt as root and run:

yum install apache2

That installs the webserver, to start the webserver you'll need to type:

service apache2 start

To start the websever by default (at boot) you'll have to type:

chkconfig -levels 35 apache2 on

The website files will need installing to /var/www/html/

You will also probably need to open port 80 on your firewall.

There are loads of sites covering simple apache installs: have a trawl around google for info. There are also a few sites doing Pod casts on this subject - here's one:
Old 11-30-2007, 08:22 AM   #3
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I tried that Then it gave me an error that says unknown service when I try to start the service. Did I miss something?
Old 11-30-2007, 10:17 AM   #4
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I think that the service is called httpd.

service httpd start
This should help.

You can always type
in command line. Go to system services and check that httpd starts at boot time.

Last edited by Vitalka; 11-30-2007 at 10:18 AM.
Old 11-30-2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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To test your website, type http://localhost/YOUR_DIRECTORY_NAME and place the files in /var/www/html directory or whatever you set the document root in the httpd.conf file. Inorder to serve a live site you'll be needing DNS and have it configured properly.
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Thanks so much by the way guys. I really appreciate all your help. I got it up and running. Now all I have to configure is the printer server and mail. But I'm quite happy now with the web server.

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