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Old 05-18-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy New Need Help with Server

Hello all,

I'm new to the linux world and after using windows for some years now, I've decided to try my hand in linux and picked Fedora core 5.

Now this is the problem, I'm a web developer and I need to run a testing server from my house, put my lack of knowledge in linux has made it impossible for me to even have the server run locally.

My installation was uneventful, and every thing seems to work fine. I've browsered the web all day but it seems that most people that do post and try to help forget that some of us don't even know the linux directory structure.

SO if you can help, keep in mind 1)that this is my first encounter with a linux machine, 2) Just heard of yum, vi etc... and do not know what they good for, 3)I'm ready to learn, 4)yes, I know I'm a newbie, 5) everything needs to be as detailed as possible, 6) you need to patient with me.
Old 05-18-2006, 02:41 PM   #2
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Install Apache's httpd, configure it, secure it, and then run it. It's pretty simple really. If you dont know how to do this, post here I can help you.
Old 05-18-2006, 05:59 PM   #3
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I would recommend that you head over to and read up on the apache server directives.

I would also suggest that you install webmin (which is a GUI server admin tool)to ease you into server administration. Check it out at:

Also Fedora Core is usually considered an "unstable" distro due to the amount of development activity surrounding Fedora packages. Your experience may be different.

You may also want to read: "Setting Up LAMP: Getting Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP Working Together" The book is now very dated but it does have some a lot of information on how to admin a linux server from the command line. (Linux command line directives have not changed much so the information regarding them is very valuable.)
Old 05-19-2006, 12:54 AM   #4
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Actually, FC maybe more bleeding edge than RH Enterprise, but I think unstable is a bit harsh, especially for core stuff like Apache etc.
Of course you can always get a free version of RH Enterprise from Centos or Whitebox.
Old 05-19-2006, 06:05 AM   #5
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ok, let me try to give a start.Use the commands as root user
1. check if httpd (apache server) is installed.

[root@pdebnath pdebnath]# rpm -qa | grep httpd

You should get similar output. If no output, your installation is not complete. You have to install it again and select properly.

2. check if httpd is running
[root@pdebnath pdebnath]# ps -eaf | grep httpd
root 16631 15652 0 16:18 pts/6 00:00:00 grep httpd

-- Not running
3. start httpd
[root@pdebnath pdebnath]# /sbin/service httpd start
Starting httpd: [ OK ]
4. verify
[root@pdebnath pdebnath]# ps -eaf | grep httpd
root 16644 1 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16647 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16648 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16649 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16650 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16651 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16652 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16653 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
apache 16654 16644 0 16:19 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd
root 16656 15652 0 16:20 pts/6 00:00:00 grep httpd

5. Now from a browser, try to connect to url http://localhost
you should get the apache first page. you can put your files in /var/www/html
6. Read apache docs.

Hope this helps


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