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16 Apache/PHP5

Now we install Apache:

apt-get install apache2 apache2-doc apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-utils libexpat1 ssl-cert

Next we install PHP5:

apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5 php5 php5-common php5-curl php5-dev php5-gd php5-idn php-pear php5-imagick php5-imap php5-json php5-mcrypt php5-memcache php5-mhash php5-ming php5-mysql php5-ps php5-pspell php5-recode php5-snmp php5-sqlite php5-tidy php5-xmlrpc php5-xsl

You will be asked the following question:

Continue installing libc-client without Maildir support? <-- Yes

Next we edit /etc/apache2/mods-available/dir.conf:

vi /etc/apache2/mods-available/dir.conf

and change the DirectoryIndex line:

<IfModule mod_dir.c>

          #DirectoryIndex index.html index.cgi index.php index.xhtml
          DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.shtml index.cgi index.php index.php3 index.xhtml


Now we have to enable some Apache modules (SSL, rewrite, suexec, and include):

a2enmod ssl
a2enmod rewrite
a2enmod suexec
a2enmod include

Reload the Apache configuration:

/etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload


16.1 Disable PHP Globally

(If you do not plan to install ISPConfig on this server, please skip this section!)

In ISPConfig you will configure PHP on a per-website basis, i.e. you can specify which website can run PHP scripts and which one cannot. This can only work if PHP is disabled globally because otherwise all websites would be able to run PHP scripts, no matter what you specify in ISPConfig.

To disable PHP globally, we edit /etc/mime.types and comment out the application/x-httpd-php lines:

vi /etc/mime.types

#application/x-httpd-php                                phtml pht php
#application/x-httpd-php-source                 phps
#application/x-httpd-php3                       php3
#application/x-httpd-php3-preprocessed          php3p
#application/x-httpd-php4                       php4

Edit /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.conf and comment out the following lines:

vi /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/php5.conf

<IfModule mod_php5.c>
  #AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .phtml .php3
  #AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

Then restart Apache:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart


17 Proftpd

In order to install Proftpd, run

apt-get install proftpd ucf

You will be asked a question:

Run proftpd from inetd or standalone? <-- standalone

Then open /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf and change UseIPv6 from on to off; otherwise you'll get a warning like this when you start Proftpd:

If you get a message like this:

- IPv6 getaddrinfo '' error: Name or service not known

you can either modify /etc/hosts and add to the ::1 line:

vi /etc/hosts       localhost.localdomain   localhost     server1

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1     ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
ff02::3 ip6-allhosts

... or you can open /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf and change UseIPv6 from on to off

vi /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf

UseIPv6                         off

For security reasons you can also add the following lines to /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf (thanks to Reinaldo Carvalho; more information can be found here:

vi /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf

DefaultRoot ~
IdentLookups off
ServerIdent on "FTP Server ready."

ISPConfig expects the configuration to be in /etc/proftpd.conf instead of /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf, therefore we create a symlink (you can skip this command if you don't want to install ISPConfig):

ln -s /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf /etc/proftpd.conf

Then restart Proftpd:

/etc/init.d/proftpd restart

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From: at: 2008-04-23 21:19:56

Should add a note that if the user plans to setup ISPConfig the mysql password should not containg characters that are special to the shell like $, &, etc...

A password like pa$$word would cause ISPConfig to return an error at the very end of the setup:

Please enter your MySQL password: pa$$word
ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@locahost' (using password: YES) The provided MySQL password is wrong!


From: at: 2008-01-24 04:17:56

then you have to add those two line at the end of /etc/postfix/

virtual_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtusertable
mydestination = /etc/postfix/local-host-names

and comment out the previus mydestination = ...

to avoid errors like "Relay access denied" and "...loops back to itself" and undelivered mail in incoming mailbox

From: at: 2008-01-31 21:58:47

As discussed in this thread

can you remove the php5-json from STEP 16?

 I know I should just make a note to myself, but I figured why not just ask one of the admins to update the guide.

From: at: 2007-11-04 01:18:45

This Howto is very useful, but appears to rely heavily on the assumption that ISPconfig will be installed. In particular SSL is not working out of the box in this configuration. I found In needed to go through the following steps for apache 2.2.4:

Apache2 SSL

Generate the certificate

Since Ubuntu 7.04, certificate creation has been changed:

Create directories

mkdir /usr/share/share/ssl-cert /etc/apache2/ssl

Create a certificate:.

/usr/sbin/make-ssl-cert /usr/share/share/ssl-cert/ssleay.cnf /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem

Enable the SSL module

sudo a2enmod ssl

Listen to port 443

echo "Listen 443" | sudo tee -a /etc/apache2/ports.conf

Create and enable the SSL site

sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/default /etc/apache2/sites-available/ssl
Modify it so it looks something like this

NameVirtualHost *:443
<virtualhost *:443>
ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
SSLEngine On
SSLCertificateFile /etc/apache2/ssl/apache.pem

DocumentRoot /var/www/
<directory />
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
<directory /var/www/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
allow from all
# This directive allows us to have apache2's default start page
# in /apache2-default/, but still have / go to the right place
# Commented out for Ubuntu
#RedirectMatch ^/$ /apache2-default/

ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
<directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin">
AllowOverride None
Options ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
Order allow,deny
Allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error.log
# Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
# alert, emerg.
LogLevel warn
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access.log combined
ServerSignature On

Alias /doc/ "/usr/share/doc/"
<directory "/usr/share/doc/">
Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from ::1/128

...and enable it

sudo a2ensite ssl
don't forget to modify /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

NameVirtualHost *:80
<virtualhost *:80>
...and enable it

sudo a2ensite ssl
don't forget to modify /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

NameVirtualHost *:80
<virtualhost *:80>

Mod rewrite

It's often desirable to force users to access things like webmail via https. This can be accomplished with mod_rewrite.
First you'll have to enable the module

sudo a2enmod rewrite
Then add the following to /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

RewriteEngine   on
RewriteCond     %{SERVER_PORT} ^80$
RewriteRule     ^/webmail(.*)$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}/webmail$1 [L,R]
RewriteLog      "/var/log/apache2/rewrite.log"
RewriteLogLevel 2
Create directory for pidfile; it may be missing

sudo mkdir -p /var/run/apache2
sudo chown -R www-data /var/run/apache2

Fix ports.conf

You may have to remove a double-up Listen Command for port 443 (SSL)

vi /etc/apche2/ports.conf
should look like this

Listen 80
<IfModule mod_ssl.c>
Listen 443
Don't forget to restart apache

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload

From: at: 2008-01-14 19:50:17

I don’t know if this applies to 64 bit systems only.  (I installed ISPConfig successfully on a Xeon 3210 system)
In case of error message: ”Cannot find OpenSSL's <evp.h>" followed by lots of error messages, last error message is "The PHP binary coming with ISPConfig does not work properly on your system!"  you will need to install the ssl-devel package in order to get the missing <evp.h> file.

Use the command:

sudo apt-get install libssl-dev

and reinstall ISPConfig as described in the manual

From: at: 2008-01-29 15:11:06

Thanks for the addition as I do not want to ISPconfig. SAdly there are no line carriages for the code you posted, therefore I cannot differ when a command or line is ended. Could you please reformat the part beginning from "RewriteEngine" and explicitely say between which lines this has to be inserted? Thank you.

From: at: 2008-02-28 01:53:36

The lines you mean, which are added to the default(port80) site, are;


Then add the following to /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

RewriteEngine   on
RewriteCond     %{SERVER_PORT} ^80$
RewriteRule     ^/webmail(.*)$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}/webmail$1 [L,R]
RewriteLog      "/var/log/apache2/rewrite.log"
RewriteLogLevel 2

Good Luck! 


From: at: 2008-04-08 04:49:01

Ubuntu has no root password by default for security reasons. By setting one, you are taking a risk. You can use "sudo -i" or "sudo su" without setting a root password to get a root prompt as an administrator.

As well, if you do set the root password and install OpenSSH server, by default, root is permitted to log on, which is a very risky move, especially if the server is accessible from the internet. To disable root logons via ssh, edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config, and change "PermitRootLogins yes" to "PermitRootLogins no". This is normally a non-issue, because root normally does not have a password and therefore cannot log on to the system at all.

From: Anonymous at: 2008-09-27 03:01:18

Thanks for giving detailed step by step instructions. I didn't install ISPConfig, but I found the rest of the howto very helpful - informative, detailed and up-to-date.

I actually ran this on a hardy heron installation. apt-get couldn't find php5-ps. When I checked at I found this is available upto gutsy and then also planned for intrepid but not in hardy repos... would this break anything ? (Haven't been facing any thing unexplainable so far)