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Old 08-18-2003, 09:26 PM   #1
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Newbie to Redhat 9.0 Web Server Setup

I'm a newbie to the world of Linux, Redhat and web servers as you'll notice in my question. Can someone please tell me where to find a book that will 'hold my hand' and explain the most basic ABCs of Redhat 9.0 Network Configuration and Apache HTTP Server Configuation? I've got my Apache installed with the default 'Start Page'. But the manuals that come with Redhat 9.0 don't go into detail on the basic concepts. I still have no idea what I must do to connect to the web (I have a DSL service provider) using my own computer as a web server. I also need to learn how to turn my web server on and off to the public when developing and posting my web site(s).

Thanks, Ron
Old 08-20-2003, 09:28 AM   #2
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There are very good online sources of information, most of which are collected at The Linux Documentation Project ( Check out the Guide named "The Linux Network Administrator's Guide, Second Edition" ( for details on network setups. What might be more helpful are the "How-To" documents, which describe step-by-step how people have set up their systems. See for a list of categories, and go to the Networking section.

For Apache, there's not only a number of good How-To docs at, but the Apache project also has produced a wealth of documentation at Of course, there's way more information than you really need in all of the above, but after reading enough to find what you need, you'll really know your stuff!

I can't help you with your DSL setup because I haven't used those tools, but there's lots of people on here who can. Search this forum (and the Linux Software forum) for "DSL RedHat" and I'll bet you find some helpful info.

As for turning your web server on and off once you've got it all working, this is easy: from the cute red hat icon in your desktop's tool panel, go to System Settings->Server Settings->Services, and up comes a window listing all your services. Select the "httpd" service from the list, and start or stop it using the toolbar buttons.

Hey! There's also a "HTTP Server" item on that Server Settings menu, which lets you do some of the basic Apache setup you need. Try that first to see if it will do the configuration work you need.

BTW: you can have programs turn Apache on and off using the "service" command, such as:
service httpd stop
to stop it. The program must be running as the superuser.
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Thanks a bunch for taking the time to provided me direction. I'll read the material.


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