Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Mandriva 2010.0 (LAMP)

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Author: Falko Timme
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Last edited 11/19/2009

LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a Mandriva 2010.0 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

In this tutorial I use the hostname with the IP address These settings might differ for you, so you have to replace them where appropriate.


2 Installing MySQL 5

First we update our package database:

urpmi.update -a

To install MySQL, we do this:

urpmi MySQL MySQL-client

By default, networking is not enabled in Mandriva 2010.0's MySQL package. We can change this by commenting out the line skip-networking in /etc/my.cnf:

vi /etc/my.cnf

# Don't listen on a TCP/IP port at all. This can be a security enhancement,
# if all processes that need to connect to mysqld run on the same host.
# All interaction with mysqld must be made via Unix sockets or named pipes.
# Note that using this option without enabling named pipes on Windows
# (via the "enable-named-pipe" option) will render mysqld useless!

Afterwards, we start MySQL:

/etc/init.d/mysqld start

Now check that networking is enabled. Run

netstat -tap | grep mysql

The output should look like this:

[root@server1 ~]# netstat -tap | grep mysql
tcp        0      0 *:mysql                     *:*                         LISTEN      2515/mysqld
tcp        0      0 *:mysql-im                  *:*                         LISTEN      2505/mysqlmanager
[root@server1 ~]#

Next, run

mysqladmin -u root password yourrootsqlpassword
mysqladmin -h -u root password yourrootsqlpassword

to set a password for the user root (otherwise anybody can access your MySQL database!).


3 Installing Apache2

Apache2 is available as a Mandriva package, therefore we can install it like this:

urpmi apache-mpm-worker

Now start Apache:

/etc/init.d/httpd start

Now direct your browser to, and you should see the Apache2 placeholder page:

Apache's default document root is /var/www/html on Mandriva, and the configuration file is /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf. Additional configurations are stored in the /etc/httpd/conf.d/ directory.


4 Installing PHP5

We can install PHP5 and the Apache PHP5 module as follows:

urpmi apache-mod_php

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From: david at: 2010-02-23 17:04:16

task lamp anyone

From: Buchan Milne at: 2009-12-30 11:39:35

Please consider looking at / recommending the task-lamp-php and/or task-lamp (which also pulls in task-lamp-python and task-lamp-perl) meta-package, which should pull in all the relevant packages (most as hard dependencies, some as suggests).

However, thank you for your coverage of Mandriva, and for recommending distro packages (I still wonder why people use XAMPP on Linux).