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What is the difference between complete and partial deinstallation of the ISPConfig system?

Partial deinstallation means that only the ISPConfig system itself will be uninstalled, not the objects created by it (web sites, users, DNS records, etc.).

On complete deinstallation also the objects created by the systems (web sites, users, DNS records, etc.) will be uninstalled. Thus, the server is reset to its original state.

How do I start or restart the ISPConfig 2 System manually?

RedHat/Mandrake:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/ispconfig_server start|stop|restart

SuSE/Debian:

/etc/init.d/ispconfig_server start|stop|restart

What does the mailscanner do to email attachments?

Attachments with suspicious file extensions (e.g. exe) will be renamed automatically: e.g., USELESS_EYE_CANDY.EXE would be renamed to USELESS_EYE_CANDY.DEFANGED12345-EXE, so that one cannot open the attachment thoughtlessly by double-clicking. The attachment first has to be saved to the hard disk and to be renamed to USELESS_EYE_CANDY.EXE before it can be opened.

Note: The mailscanner feature is not the same as the antivirus.

What happens to spam?

In Version 2.x of the ISPConfig you can specify if spam should be delivered to the recipient ("Accept"; the subject will be rewritten to indicate spam so that email filtering can be done by the recipient's email client) or if it should be deleted.

What spam filter is used by the ISPConfig system?

ISPConfig uses the popular spam filter SpamAssassin (http://www.spamassassin.org).

Beyond which score are emails treated as spam?

The SPAM score can be set for every mail account individually, the default score is 5.0 points (SpamAssassin's default value).

Where's the ISPConfig configuration file?

It's /home/admispconfig/ispconfig/lib/config.inc.php.

Error messages during uninstall

shell-init: could not get current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: No such file or directory

This is normal. The program /root/ispconfig/uninstall deletes its own parent directory (/root/ispconfig) and thus cannot find it anymore. Nevertheless the uninstall will be completed. Just ignore the error message.

How can I uninstall ISPConfig?

Log in to your command line as root and type the following:

/root/42go/uninstall

If the uninstall script fails, you can remove ISPConfig manually by deleteing these directories:

rm -rf /root/ispconfig
rm -rf /home/admispconfig

How will my existing Apache installation be influenced by the installation of ISPConfig?

The ISPConfig Apche webserver is installed in parallel with your existing Apache installation. The ISPConfig apache is only used for the controlpanel. The hosted webpages are served by the Apache that ships with your linux distribution.

This means you do not have to compile special modules into your Apache in order to work with ISPConfig. You can compile Apache and PHP the way you like.

The ISPConfig installer comments out the PHP settings in your httpd.conf. PHP can be later enabled for each web separately in the ISPConfig web interface.

Error messages during installation

During the installation process I get the following error messages though the respective programs are installed on the server:

iptables: command not found
httpd: command not found
useradd: command not found
apachectl: command not found

This means that the programs mentioned are not in the path of your Linux installation. Please type

echo $PATH

on your command line, and make symbolic links to the programs in one of the directories that is in the path. For example, you can create a symbolic link to the program /path/to/apachectl in the directory /usr/bin by going into the directory /usr/bin and typing the following:

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