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demortes 10th November 2009 11:14

"It works!" and Ubuntu 9.10

I have an issue I ran into before, but can't find the old posts I had. I also have a twist.

The problem is that when I have everything configured, my site still gives the default page for apache2 installation. The "It works!" followed by "This is the default web page for this server." and on a new line, "The web server software is running but no content has been added, yet."

To explain what I've done, I'll need to explain my network setup as well. ISPConfig 2 is installed on a VMWare Server, through Windows 7 as the host machine. The "guest" is an Ubuntu 9.10 server, no GUI components installed. I followed a guide The Perfect Server - Ubuntu Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) [ISPConfig 2] (source here). This is all behind a NAT Linksys WRT54GS2 router with the ports forwarded.

Before installing the ISPConfig through the installer I installed the suPHP according to the Ubuntu section here. I did download the latest, as the one listed there didn't compile. Everything else I configured and compiled just as stated there.

With the above information, you realize by now I have two IP addresses to consider. My 192.169 and my external. Since any nslookup can give that IP address out, that would be

I restored a working backup of the ispconfig database, but it seems to not be working now. I would like to confirm, and if needed, get further help on locating what is going wrong and why I'm not getting the ISPConfig page stating it's hosted and the default for ISPConfig, instead of the "It works".

Now the servers IP address in Management -> Server -> Settings is currently set to my 192.168 address. Everything dependent on that is set as well, the co-domain IP, etc. The DNS is set as that as well, since the does not rely on my DNS server for it. The IP address does not give me the sharedip either.

What do I need to look at to see why ISPConfig's vhost is not taking over vs the /var/www/index.html

After realizing to myself what the problem might be, I checked the /etc/apache2/vhosts/Vhosts_ispconfig.conf file, and it's blank.

Thank you for your help, I look forward to receiving the great help I see here all the time. Accept my apologies if this has been covered elsewhere.

Kevin Dethlefs-Moreno

P.S. Of course, if you need more information or pastes from actual files, please let me know.

till 10th November 2009 11:18

demortes 10th November 2009 11:24

Thanks for the quick reply.

What I have taken from the post is to move the Vhosts backup, and check syntax.

I received the following:

root@demortes:/etc/apache2/vhosts# mv Vhosts_ispconfig.conf vhosts_ispconfig.conf.bak
root@demortes:/etc/apache2/vhosts# mv Vhosts_ispconfig.conf_10-11-09_02-31-19 Vhosts_ispconfig.conf
root@demortes:/etc/apache2/vhosts# httpd -t
httpd: bad user name ${APACHE_RUN_USER}

demortes 10th November 2009 11:27

Also, looking into it further, I found it needed envvars, which contain:

# envvars - default environment variables for apache2ctl

# Since there is no sane way to get the parsed apache2 config in scripts, some
# settings are defined via environment variables and then used in apache2ctl,
# /etc/init.d/apache2, /etc/logrotate.d/apache2, etc.
export APACHE_RUN_USER=www-data
export APACHE_RUN_GROUP=www-data
export APACHE_PID_FILE=/var/run/

## The locale used by some modules like mod_dav
export LANG=C
## Uncomment the following line to use the system default locale instead:
#. /etc/default/locale

export LANG

till 10th November 2009 11:30

For ubuntu, use thsi for testing:

demortes 10th November 2009 11:34

Syntax error on line 36 of /etc/apache2/vhosts/Vhosts_ispconfig.conf:
Invalid command 'php_admin_flag', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration

Looking deeper into this, it seems its because I disabled PHP5 and allowed suPHP globally.

How should I have done this, if not done by the guide on this site?

till 10th November 2009 11:40

You have to enable suphp in the ispconfig file. See first steps guide for details.

demortes 10th November 2009 11:44

a2enmod php5 gave me some results.

The sharedip vhost now comes up for my url.

What am I missing?

till 10th November 2009 11:48

See my post above.

demortes 10th November 2009 11:56

I got it to work. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction Till.

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