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How can I start the python SimpleHTTPServer on port 80?

I am using this command on Ubuntu but it is starting on port 8080 and I don't have another server running so I'd like it to start on port 80. I saw ways that you could set up a bash script to do ...
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Why is lighttpd saying “unknown config-key: accesslog.filename”?

I have created a simply vhost on Lighttpd web server and put these lines on the .conf file. server.errorlog = "/var/log/lighttpd/error.log" accesslog.filename = ...
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Ubuntu vs Debian for server

What would be a better choice for a web server, Debian or Ubuntu? I mainly use Python & PostgreSQL with Nginx and sometimes PHP & MySQL. What are pros/cons of each?
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Installing Debian without GUI for a web server

I'm unfamiliar with Debian (obviously), so I downloaded the live ISO thinking it might help me out. From the live GUI, I doubled click on the install icon on the desktop and proceeded - it gave me a ...
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What can I use to monitor and log incoming/outgoing traffic to/from remote hosts?

I run a web server (Debian Squeeze on a VPS), and the graphs provided by the hosting company show consistently that around twice as much traffic is incoming to the server compared to the outgoing ...
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How do I create web pages in my home directory and have the web server serve them in my web browser?

I have recently installed the Apache web browser in my Debian Squeeze (using command tasksel and selecting [ ] Web server). Now I get it to start via sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start and then I go to my ...
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With which user should I run web servers, redis & mongodb?

On this VPS there are three users: root, another_one, nobody. All webserver files, configs, &c. are owned by root. However, I'm in doubt for what regards running things. If I use root for the web ...
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Real-World Use of TCP_DEFER_ACCEPT?

I was perusing the Apache httpd manual online and came across a directive for enabling this. Found a description in the man page for tcp: TCP_DEFER_ACCEPT (since Linux 2.4) Allow a ...
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Why are web servers traditionally started as superuser?

Thinking about a future web server setup, it struck me that for some reason web servers usually start as root and then drop certain rights (setuid) for the worker processes. In addition there is often ...
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nginx server config with multiple locations does not work

I have been trying to get this to work for hours now! I would like to set up a simple web server. My web files shall be in /var/www. I also want to have phpmyadmin. I created a directory ...
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Does fail2ban offer any additional protection to SSH if password login is already turned off?

I’m setting up a Debian VPS on Linode to use as a public web server, and I’m following their security suggestions. The last suggestion they make is to install fail2ban, to avoid dictionary attacks on ...
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Linux Server Hacked

I received e-mails from Google saying that my websites are hacked. This is the e-mail. Dear site owner or webmaster of domain.com (I received this email for my other domains too), We recently ...
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Apache fails to reload… Is there a log that I can look in for details?

I have a webserver that I'm working on adding a site to. After running a2ensite, I ran service apache2 reload, and got this: [FAIL] Reloading web server config: apache2 failed! Is there a log ...
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Linux running on SmartTV?

I recently bought a Samsung SmartTV. After setting up the wifi connection, I surfed to http://ip.comlex.de, which gave me the following information about the browser: REMOTE_ADDR: ###.###.###.### ...
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Where has my RAM gone & how to interpret atop's memory output?

For a while, I encounter RAM-shortages on my Debian webserver (VPS/virtual machine). This would not be unusual, if they happend on a regular basis. But they do not. Here's a chart from Munin: ...
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Help me choose the right distribution for learning and hosting web apps

I'm coming to Linux from the Windows world, and I want to learns the ins and outs of the system in order to make it my primary day to day work and hosting environment. I'm pretty much a complete ...
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Openstack for home cloud hosting

I am experimenting with a couple of technologies that I soon may have to use at work. So for now, I was thinking about duplicating the environment which I may have to create for my office at home so ...
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How do I fix the error 403 I am getting with XAMPP while I am using mod_userdir?

I am running Arch Linux and I decided to use XAMPP so I can create and test web pages. Anyway, I followed the instructions given in the site and extracted it to /opt/lampp and I also uncommented the ...
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How can I secure an OpenBSD-based Apache webserver?

I have an OpenBSD server that has a running webserver (the built-in apache web srv). How can I harden this setup? I want to only server static html files, no php, no sql.
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Quick way to host a webserver on localhost

I'd like to make the contents of a folder available at http://localhost:PORT/, temporarily. A very basic http server. I already know about, $ python -m SimpleHttpServer or ( this seems like the ...
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How to configure permissions to allow apache to securely have access to a file in a shared environment?

This is a follow up question from my previous, but I felt it might be more Linux based. http://serverfault.com/questions/414207/how-to-set-linux-permissions-to-allow-apache-to-have-access-to-a-file ...
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netcat in shell script giving invalid connection

I have a shell script that uses netcat to listen to localhost on port 1111 for web requests. Every time I try accessing localhost:1111/index.html for example I get: invalid connection to [127.0.0.1] ...
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How to grep top most frequent error messages in a unix logfile

If I have a file example apache log file How to extract the top most frequent error messages in a unix log file with no timestamps the key is most frequent error message should come on top of the ...
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Disadvantages to having www-data able to log in

I run a tiny web server basically just for hosting small data projects and files. This server has a public IP address. I would like to be able to FTP in and upload files directly to /var/www/*, and ...
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How can I improve nscd's cache hit rate?

My Goal: Let nscd maintain a fairly large DNS cache in excess memory since I have it available. Description: I have a webserver that has a broadly dispersed but high-repeat user base. It has plenty ...
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start nginx on boot with systemd

I just installed nginx 1.9 on a debian 8 server. nginx is working fine, when I tell it to run, but it wont seem to load nginx automaticaly on boot. I have tried numerious init scripts recomended on ...
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three linux servers serving one website?

My website suffers a lot of DDoS attacks and I was wondering in this technical day and age is it possible to serve one website with three hosts all with the same content so if one server gets taken ...
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Apache Request Hangs For 2 Minutes Exactly

I am experiencing some odd behavior with apache. I have requests that are hanging for exactly two minutes. The request could be one file one time, and then a completely different file another time. ...
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How to copy a public key to your server

I was trying to figure out how to add a new SSH key to my amazon server - I found this question and answer How do you copy the public key to a ssh-server? However I am so new to Linux/Unix and I ...
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PID file not accessible after update of nginx

After I removed the version 0.7.x which was delivered by the Debian standard packages, I installed the version 1.4.1 of nginx by source. It is possible to start nginx with service nginx start and I ...
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How to install Cherokee web server on Debian Wheezy?

I'm trying to install Cherokee webserver on Debian Wheezy. All the docs and websites that I've visited suggest that apt-get install cherokee will do it, but when I do that, I see: $ apt-get install ...
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How to host an intranet website inaccessible outside the LAN?

I am a Linux/Unix noob, so please bear with me. Here is my situation: I have a server (Debian Squeeze) on a LAN. I have installed Nginx web server on it. The server has Internet access to download ...
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apache won't restart after adding VirtualHost conf file, why not?

In a CentOS 7 server, I get the following error when I type sudo apachectl restart after I add an include file at the bottom of httpd.conf: Job for httpd.service failed. See 'systemctl status ...
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Updating PHP to Gaurd Against Mayhem Malware

How will making sure my PHP version is updated thwart the Mayhem Malware? Will updating PHP on my Ubuntu server prevent the Mayhem Malware from being able to make it onto the server, prevent it from ...
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lshw shows a different amount of RAM than the 'free' command. Missing RAM? [closed]

Title says it all! uname -a: Linux servername 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.65-1+deb7u2 x86_64 GNU/Linux lshw output: *-firmware description: BIOS vendor: Dell Computer Corporation ...
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How to properly setup user/groups/permissions for a web server?

I spent all day figuring this out, but without success, so hopefully I can get some help here: I have Ubuntu 13.10 VPS server with nginx, PHP 5 and MariaDB installed. I created custom system user ...
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New webserver: What all user accounts should I create and permissions to provide for

This is a followup on my question here. I am setting up the first webserver and am fumbling with what user accounts to create and permissions to provide for better security. Below is what I have. ...
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How to access my Mageia web server VirtualBox guest from my host system web browser?

I have installed and setup a guest Mageia 2 on VirtualBox which I plan to use as a development web server. My host is Windows 7 (64-bit) and I want to access the web sites from this host web browser. ...
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Trying to create tunnel to mysql through SSH

Im in a bit of a bind here. I have a client that want's me to set up his website, but he runs the server w/ SSH and CentOS 6.2 as it's OS. Now, I'm trying to add the sql server on Mysql Workbench for ...
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Give permission to view files

I am new with servers and I started learning about Cloud servers. My server has Debian. I installed apache, php, and vsftpd and I added users with adduser <user>. Then I gave permission: ln ...
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How to configure permissions to allow gedit, apache, and an IDE play together?

I'm using plain Ubuntu Desktop 11.04 and installed my lamp stack using lamp-server. I am trying to use Netbeans as my IDE. Currently, all virtual hosts are being run from /var/www/vhostname -- but as ...
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Getting started with Slackware as a web server

I'm wondering what would be the path for an Arch user to get into slackware hosted on a VPS intended to use as a web server? I like the approach that Slackware takes (like Arch), and the fact that so ...
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give group permissions to specific device

I have a panning web camera I built, (future robot arm). The camera pans via a web interface (cgi scripts and JS interface) which access an arduino. To enable sending of commands via the interface, I ...
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Which network services depend on the “accept related input” iptables rule?

Background I am setting up a firewall for a webserver and was wondering if it would be a good security meassure to even reject RELATED input traffic and only except established connections by ...
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Simplest way to set up multiple subdomains to separate VMs running on single host

Problem: I´m planning to set up several virtualized centos, rhel or ubuntu guest machines on a single centos host server (most likely using KVM). Each guest VM is running an instance of a webapp + ...
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Webserver for Embedded Linux [closed]

I am building an ARM based embedded device running embedded linux having a web based interface and I need a webserver running on my device. At maximum it will get 50 requests at a time. I have on ...
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Installing php-cgi under Ubuntu for Cherokee web server

I have set up Cherokee web server on my server, and want to enable PHP and MySQL support for applications like Wordpress and phpBB. I have tried running these commands: sudo apt-get install php5 ...
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How to access web server running on Palm Pre from another machine?

I have a Palm Pre, and I've installed my webserver on it, it listens on port 8080. It works, when I open 192.168.1.104:8080 on the Pre's browser (that's the IP address of the device, I've failed with ...
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How do you write test cases for a web server that uses posix sockets? [closed]

I know how to test it experimentally by running the program, but ideally I would like to test each function I write as I write it. Usually I can't test my functions until I write a whole bunch of ...
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Creating a public document directory for a normal user

We usually see personal web pages like http://a-site.com/~someone/, in this case, "someone" is a user of "a-site". How to enable this by default, so whenever we add a new user "foo", then ...