ownCloud ISPConfig 3 (.htaccess)

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by sjswarts, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    G'day guys,

    I have Debian 6 (Squeeze) VPS with ISPConfig 3 installed. I'm looking at hosting some audio files for my Church seeing that I have 160GB of transfer per month and the files are about 150MB each (about 1.5 hours long).

    Anyway I tried Subsonic (way too many options and clickable hiccups for old people or low IT literate people) tried a few other options aswell until I found ownCloud which looks sleek, clean and easy to use/administer.

    My issues are these:

    Firstly on a test virtual server (Debian) I can get it to work great, but it complains about .htaccess - which I can remedy but then I need to change the whole Apache config to
    AllowOverride All
    however is this the recommended way? security issues? administrator concerns?

    Secondly on my test virtual server (Debian 6 and ISPConfig 3 = I make a fake site (example.com) and set the DNS to point to this server then on another test virtual machine (WinXP = I set my DNS Servers in the network config to point to and type in the fake site = example.com and all things work.

    Now I follow the same install procedure but instead of placing it in
    i place it in
    and run
    chown -R web1:client0 owncloud
    But it doesn't show up when I navigate to What am I missing? On my actual VPS I didn't ever make another .conf file for phpBB3 (Forum) or for my Wordpress (Blog) I just placed the folder via FTP and it worked.

    I did check out the log for client0 and it showed this:

    Any help would be appreciated. I don't mind to make a tutorial up if things work but word of warning I am a noob ;)

    Cheers guys,
    Steven Swarts
  2. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    Ok so I changed the setting of the website (example.com) in the test virtual server (Debian ISPConfig 3) to ModPHP and it works as expected.

    However my currently running website http://www.swartsit.com is running under Fast-CGI

    NOOB ALERT: I don't know the differences at all

    But I use these "addons" to my client0:

    phpBB3 = Forum
    WordPress = Blog

    So is this the right direction or am I completely mistaken?

    Steven Swarts
  3. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    fast-cgi is the correct php mode.Please ensure that the suexec checkbox is enabled in the website settings as well.

    Please post the output of this command:

    ls -la /var/www/example.com/web/
  4. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    Thanks Till, I thought as much found this: http://www.howtoforge.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-33167.html

    suexec is enabled as well

    drwx--x---  5 web1 client0 4096 Oct 30 23:32 .
    drwxr-x--x  6 web1 client0 4096 Oct 30 22:47 ..
    drwxr-xr-x  2 web1 client0 4096 Oct 30 22:47 error
    -rwxr-xr--  1 web1 client0 7358 Oct 30 22:47 favicon.ico
    -rwxr-xr--  1 web1 client0   26 Oct 30 22:47 .htaccess
    -rw-r--r--  1 web1 client0   86 Oct 30 23:32 index.html
    -rwxr-xr--  1 web1 client0 1861 Oct 30 22:47 index.html.bak
    drwxr-xr-x 14 web1 client0 4096 Oct 30 23:43 owncloud
    -rwxr-xr--  1 web1 client0   24 Oct 30 22:47 robots.txt
    -rw-r--r--  1 web1 client0 6957 Oct 10 23:06 setup-owncloud.php
    drwxr-xr-x  2 web1 client0 4096 Oct 30 22:47 stats
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
  5. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Thats ok, please run this command and try to access the ownloud site again:

    chown -R web1:client0 /var/www/php-fcgi-scripts/web1

    Additionally, the owncloud setup script seems to be in the web directorym not the owncloud directory. What happens if you access this url:

  6. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    Nothing changed...

    Yeah according to the ownCloud website there are two options to install either by this php script or by downloading the code and manually installing.

    In ISPConfig under Sites I have the following:

    CGI = Checked
    SSI = unChecked
    Ruby = unChecked
    Python = unChecked
    SuEXEC = Checked
    Own Error-Documents = Checked
    Auto-Subdomain = www.
    SSL = unChecked
    PHP = Fast-CGI
    Active = Checked

    Unfortunately neither work. But if I change to ModPHP it does.
    Very strange and the logs just mention the same as I posted above.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
  7. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    For some reason I decided to try it on my actual live VPS and changed the DNS of the Virtual Machine (Win XP) to point there. Setup DNS on my VPS as well and it works fine. Settings are identical I am running Fast-CGI with suexec and everything.

    So strange, this test ISPConfig is more or less brand new. Something must be broken.

    .htaccess is however not working still

    I believe the server settings are at

    AllowOveride None
    Any ideas?

    Steven Swarts
  8. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    The htaccess settings in ispconfig are "AllowOverride All" for all .htaccess files inside a website, so you can use any config options that are allowed for .htaccess files inside the /web/ directory of the site. All settings are defined by site, so the global override settings do not matter as they dont get applied to files in a website. Owncloud shall work out of the box, I've testet it some time ago and did not had to do any modications on a server installed as described in the perfect setup guide.
  9. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    Well I found that it installed fine via the script (assuming it would also by the download and extract method).

    As for the .htaccess it doesn't take preference over the server. I set the settings in ownCloud and it DOES take effect (shown in /var/www/client/web/owncloud/.htaccess) but still uses server preferences listed in

    which are for upload limits ...
    Personally that works for me, but I could see that hosting providers would want to limit the upload to 5-25Mb. But in this case I wanted to have at least 150Mb upload.
  10. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    You mix up a few things here, the .htaccess works fine and overrides the settings in the global apache configuration on your server. A .htaccess file is a config file of the apache server and not a config file of the php binary, the php settings that you refer to like php_value or php_flag are settings for the apache module mod_php and not for the php-fcgi program. You can set values for php-fcgi in the php.ini field of the website, so its even easier then editing a .htaccess file manually, the syntax is the same that you find in the php.ini.
  11. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    Ahh my mistake, I had an inkling that I was mistaken but I posted anyway. Thank you for correcting my error.

    So basically you are saying that anything placed into the php.ini field on the website determines the settings irrespective of the server config in
  12. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Values that are set in the php.ini field override the same values from php.ini in php modes php-cgi, php-fcgi and suphp.
  13. sjswarts

    sjswarts New Member

    Brilliant :D

    Just as an after thought even though ownCloud looks visually appealing it still appears to have bugs. Any chance you know of a opensource project similar to this that isn't so buggy and isn't Subsonic?

    Steven Swarts

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