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Old 07-05-2005, 03:35 AM   #1
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Setting up a small webserver, someone please help


I'm relatively new to Linux (have used Red Hat and Fedora). I want to set up an installation of Fedora Core 3 as a small webserver for a personal website. I have installed Fedora Core 3. I just really get confused when installing Apache, PHP and MYSQL. I'm finding command line a bit of a mission. I really want to get this working, as I don't want to use Windows for a webserver. I get confused with whether I should be installing stuff into the root user or other user directory, and other silly stuff like that. Could someone point me in the direction of a really simple guide or possible a tutorial? Would be much appreciated.


Old 07-05-2005, 05:18 AM   #2
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I'm relatively new to Linux myself, so I'm probalby not the best source, but I've found's courses (both the basic and intermediate ones) to be extremely helpful. The intermediate course has a section on setting up a webserver, though it deals more with configuration issues once you've installed Apache 1.3, not how to acutally install it.

Since I run Debian, I can't help you much on the install portion (in Debian it was as easy as "apt-get install apache...").

Hope this helps at least some.
Old 07-05-2005, 11:10 AM   #3
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A quick Google found this
which seems pretty straightforward. Although compiling from scratch
rather than using the RPM's, there are a lot of useful links at the
bottom of the page through to MySQL + PHP.
As a tip, I'd also look at installing phpmyadmin, there should be an RPM
for Fedora, as this allows you to control all your MySQL stuff from a
webpage - much easier than trying to do it from a command line! Apache +
PHP should simply install straight from the RPM's or source without the
need for any configuration to start off with.
Old 07-05-2005, 11:41 AM   #4
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The basic procedure is to install Apache, PHP and MySQL. Modify your httpd.conf file to include modules for php. The file is very well commented so reading it would help you a lot. YUM would be an excellent tool to install all the three apps you need.

Next step is to test your PHP installation.

Open up a text editor (gedit or anyone you like) and put the following and put the page in the document root folder of your webserver. The extension of the page has to be .php

Open up your browser and point it to the .php file you just saved. You would see a php configuration page and whole host of information.

Go ahead and install mysql. Open up the php page again and half way on the page you might see a section for mysql. If you see that means you have php with mysql API.

Next step would be to actually create test databases that come with mysql and start the mysql service.

so you use phpMyAdmin to administer mysql using a web-based interface.

Hope that helps,
Old 07-05-2005, 11:58 AM   #5
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I currently use this site. I've just started my own website project and have learned much from here. The main page is a big confusing because you have to scroll so far down before you get to the links for the chapters but you have a HOWTO here that works. Check it out at .
Good Luck!



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