Installing Webmin On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04)

This document describes how to setup Webmin on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) server. The server I used was previously setup according to the HowTo Forge document called Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft).

The only changes I had made to the setup shown there was to install Mondo for backups and also revert the dcc-client and dcc-server back to version  1.2.74-2. I had to do this to get the DCC client and server running on Feisty as there was no upgrade package for it (yet??)  and the instructions above were designed for Ubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10)

Version: 1.2.74-2
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.3.4-1), dcc-common (= 1.2.74-2)
Filename: pool/universe/d/dcc/dcc-server_1.2.74-2_i386.deb


What Is Webmin?

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely. See the standard modules page for a list of all the functions built into Webmin, or check out the demo and screenshots.


Why Not Use A .deb Package?

As of July 15th 2006 has had a testing deb for the full webmin package. In order to use this, the root account needs to be enabled, which breaks one of the major security guides for Ubuntu. Using the following method of installing Webmin removes the need to enable the root account.

The Instructions

Install SSH

sudo apt-get install ssh openssh-server

Enable the universe and multiverse repositories in the


Create an installation location

I choose to install webmin in my /opt folder. Others may have a different preference.

The commands are as follows:

cd /opt 

sudo mkdir webmin 

cd /opt/webmin

Download the webmin source

I went to the webmin site ( ) and sourced the tar version of Webmin. The source I downloaded can be found here.

sudo wget 

sudo tar xzvf webmin-1.360.tar.gz

Install extra required modules

There are a couple of modules you may require for SSL connection to webmin. If you are concerned about the implications of doing this then run the following command with the -s option and 'rehearse' your install:

sudo apt-get install libauthen-pam-perl libnet-ssleay-perl libpam-runtime openssl perl perl-modules

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"The server I used was previously setup according to the HowTo Forge document..."
So we need to do all that install first, isn't it?
"(...)the root account needs to be enabled, which breaks one of the major security(...) "
But in that install it is enabled!

 "...revert the dcc-client and dcc-server back to version  1.2.74-2"
Pease, could you write down the steps?


Good point .... my caveat to following the process mentioned as my initial install was that I didn't use the root account but used sudo at all points.

revert the dcc-client and dcc-server back to version 1.2.74-2"
I'll try to put in a full note on how to revert the dcc client. However as a teaser ... quick pointer .. I used the apt commands that control the version as part of the install.

For example, the lines below will install version 1.2.74-2 of the dcc-client / server packages:

# apt-get install dcc-client=1.2.74-2

# apt-get install dcc-server=1.2.74-2

From: DarkFlame

I just want to say "THANK YOU!!!" for an easy-to-follow instruction on how to setup Webmin.  I now have a GUI for my server running Ubuntu Server 8.10 that I can run from my WinXP Pro desktop, and I don't have to have a monitor, keyboard, or mouse connected to the server!!!  By the way, I'm setting up my first Linux box, so this is exciting in it's own right. 

Also, it setup the proper version of Perl for my distro version.  I wish I had not turned it on at boot-up, because I'd prefer to not have the continuous overhead.  But, for now, as I'm experimenting with Ubuntu and the RAID5 array I created in OpenSuSE (& want to use in Ubuntu), it's ok to have it running immediately from start-up.  But, once I've got it all configured the way I want, then I'm taking out the OS HDD & installing a blank one and doing one more setup without the "minor" mistakes!

 Again, I LOVE your forging forward with Webmin.  It got me going!!!