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Old 10-26-2003, 08:46 PM   #1
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Question Servers on Linux

Ok now comes the real reason I got linux in the first place. I'm told that it's most powerful aspect is when it comes to networking and servers. I got the SuSE 8.2 Pro distrubution because I noticed it included an Apache server and a VNC server (I've used a VNC server before, and Apache, to the best of my knowledge, is an HTTP server...?, which is what I want.)

So it all comes down to this: How do I get them running.

After reading the manuals and a few posts out here, I seem to believe that I can log into my computer from somewhere else on the internet. I realize I can use VNC to access my computer remotely, but won't I have to be logged on in order to use that? Or after installing VNC will it still run at the logon screen?

As for the Apache server, I guess I'll just have to read the manuals closer or something, but all I could find in it is one short paragraph on how to use it (which doesn't make any sense). Or maybe I just need to get on google or something like that...

But more importantly, where exactly do I FIND these programs? They're in the package, but not on my system! I did the default install (which installed the most out of the three) but I have a ton of CDs I haven't used. Are they on there? How do I get it off?

Thanks for any help, again.

P.S. Am I right about this apache stuff? Is it really a web server?
Old 10-27-2003, 03:58 AM   #2
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well this is all pretty vague really. most servers will be started as a service at boot time (they will have an entry in /etc/rc[3 or 5].d/ which makes them automatically load) you don't need to know where the programs are... indeed in linux you never need to know really... they are on your path probably, which is good enough. to get apache going you'd be best reading some docs... but normally it will be ready to roll to some extent. VNC is a doddle too, but not normally started as a full service... so you'd just run "vncserver" from a command line, again after reading the website or the manpage for it.


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