I just installed php and apache2 server from this tutorial


but I cannot run php-scripts - the server seems to be down since localhost in url wont work

According to the php.ini file engine is ON

 engine = On

Right now I cannot find which port the server is listening on in the ini-file but I guess its 80?

If write apache2 in the terminal it responds

apache2: Could not open configuration file /etc/apache2/apache2.conf: No such file or directory

the path is not the same, on my system the pat is


and there are two files:


So - how could I start the server or at the least get a grasp of whats wrong?

  • To check, which service is listning on which port run this command sudo ss -tnpl
    – mariaczi
    Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 13:37
  • ss -tulpn | grep -i httpd or ss -tulpn | grep -i apache2
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 17:40

1 Answer 1


Question is did you run those two commands or not?

sudo systemctl disable --now apache2
sudo apt-get install nginx php7.4-fpm

First command disables apache2. The second one installs nginx and php-fpm version 7.4 However the tutorial does not describe how to use virtual hosts, how to enable and disable service etc.

I recommend to use this tutorial: Install PHP 7.4 on Debian 10

Besides also additionally recommend to read and learn from my website: Web server installation on mikr.us using MariaDB and MyISAM engine

You will learn how to install and configure Apache , Virtual Host and maybe other things will be also interesting for you. It is a really full guide step by step for beginners. Enjoy. If you will have any questions do not hesitate to ask me.

  • thanks i'll look into this issue and may accept later :)
    – java
    Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 18:21
  • I did not run those commands. Usually have problems with systemctl
    – java
    Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 19:10
  • Something more bout the error? The =answer is very enigmatic.
    – Sysadmin
    Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 7:24

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