The Perfect Setup - Fedora Core 4 - Page 3

2 Installing And Configuring The Rest Of The System

Configure Additional IP Addresses

Let's assume our network interface is eth0. Then there is a file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 which looks like this:


Now we want to create the virtual interface eth0:0 with the IP address All we have to do is to create the file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:0 which looks like this:


Afterwards we have to restart the network:

/etc/init.d/network restart

Setting The Hostname

echo > /etc/hostname
/bin/hostname -F /etc/hostname

Install apt For Fedora

apt is the packaging system used on Debian. Since it cares much better for package dependencies than rpm it would be nice if we could use it on our new Fedora system. This would save us a lot of hassle. Fortunately, apt has been ported to a lot of rpm based distributions, and is also available for Fedora Core 4 (you will love it... :-)). In this tutorial I will use a mixture of Fedora's yum and apt, because not all yum packages are available for apt and vice versa.

yum install apt

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list. It should contain the following lines:

rpm fedora/linux/4/i386 core updates freshrpms
rpm fedora/linux/4/i386 tupdates
rpm fedora/linux/1/i386 core updates freshrpms

In the last line, rpm fedora/linux/1/i386 core updates freshrpms, the 1 is not an error or typo! This is the repository that has the imap package which we are going to install soon! So do not change these lines!


apt-get update

Import The GPG Keys For Software Packages

rpm --import /usr/share/rhn/RPM-GPG-KEY*

Install Some Software

yum install fetchmail wget bzip2 unzip zip nmap openssl lynx fileutils ncftp


yum install quota

Edit /etc/fstab to look like this (I added ,usrquota,grpquota to LABEL=/ (mount point /):

# This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults,usrquota,grpquota 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
/dev/shm /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/sys /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
LABEL=SWAP-sda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
/dev/hdc /media/cdrecorder auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,managed 0 0

Then run:

touch /aquota.user /
chmod 600 /aquota.*
mount -o remount /
quotacheck -avugm
quotaon -avug


yum install bind-chroot
chmod 755 /var/named/
chmod 775 /var/named/chroot/
chmod 775 /var/named/chroot/var/
chmod 775 /var/named/chroot/var/named/
chmod 775 /var/named/chroot/var/run/
chmod 777 /var/named/chroot/var/run/named/
cd /var/named/chroot/var/named/
ln -s ../../ chroot
chkconfig --levels 235 named on
/etc/init.d/named start

Bind will run in a chroot jail under /var/named/chroot/var/named/.

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From: at: 2005-07-25 15:54:11


Thanks for your advice. However, I tend to disagree with the linux distro you've chosen. Fedora Core, is too bleeding edge for production purpose, at least on servers. I'd suggest using something more "Enterpris class" like Red Hat Enterprise Linux" or SUSE server edition. Don't have money? There are alternatives like RHEL-clones: CentOS, Whitebox Linux, Tao Linux. This article will probably apply more or less to those.

Another wise choice would be Debian. I probably forget other ones...

From: at: 2005-07-25 21:27:48

Browse a little bit on HowtoForge, and you'll find tutorials for Debian, Fedora, Mandrake/Mandriva and SuSE. So whichever distro you prefer, it's likely that you find a howto here. :)

From: at: 2005-08-03 15:59:49

I am a very newbie at FC4 and am running thru this guide.? I like it.

One thing that happened was an error with pop3s? said something about directory not found or something....? I know i really should have written it down - but i was hoping someone know what i mean. :)

From: at: 2005-08-21 13:39:13

Why do I need 777 permission for this folder? It's there another way around?

From: at: 2005-08-28 17:06:28

Did uou ever get a resolution on this item, i'm currently having the same problem?

From: at: 2005-07-26 01:33:03

Why is 'too bleeding edge' bad? Can you cite some examples of people being bit by this?

From: at: 2005-07-26 02:50:15

Regarding bleeding edge programs, not necessarily distributions exactly. Substantical breakage and substantial security issues due to lack of testing and maturity. Incompatibility with scripts, other programs, and certain environments.

Why it's good. More features which aid in better interoperability, add new and exiciting things that just make sense. Testing is the only way to get bad bugs out, bleeding edge is only one of many steps. Someone has to do it. In production environments its usage is questionable, especially when used on big servers serving hundreds or thousands of people.

Why fedora could be bad. Bloat.

From: at: 2005-07-26 17:33:15

If you don't use bleeding edge features, Fedora is not bad than you though. However, you got to admit developers love to try new features which is a natural step. In fact, do you know Wikipedia and SourceForge uses Fedora as server?

From: at: 2005-07-26 19:59:27 also. I believe source forge has a few. Etc etc...

I didn't say Fedora was cutting edge, another person did. Cutting edge isnt bad it's questionable. If you turn it off or recompile older stuff manually, you won't have any problems with the untested nature of bleeding edge. :)

From: at: 2005-08-30 18:04:13

Fedora Core 4 will no longer have updates 2 years from it's release. And seeing as it starts to get adopted about 1 year into it's release that gives you about 1 year of security fixes, and then you have to rebuild your server/environment to FC5.

From: at: 2005-07-26 14:37:46

I know of many ISPs and hosting solutions that use Fedora Core as their image for their Xen virtual machines. It's not "too bleeding edge." You can turn on the bleeding edge featureset of Fedora, but the default install is not very bleeding edge at all.You should try Gentoo with the unstable masks removed if you want bleeding edge.

From: at: 2010-11-24 18:54:04

Sorry, but I disagree.

I have an old server with this Distro/Version, and Fedora is very stable.

Anyway, distro is matter of taste: enjoy it.

Thanks Falko.

Rafael Marangoni

BRLink Servidor Linux Team

From: at: 2005-07-25 23:08:33

The part where you install imap is unclear. The package isnt simply called 'imap'. Dovecot is the only thing found with apt-cache search. This requires additional configuration that you didn't cover. Yum also doesnt have 'imap'

From: at: 2005-07-26 08:52:42

You need to add the line

rpm fedora/linux/1/i386 core updates freshrpms

into /etc/apt/sources.list, as stated in the tutorial. Then you can install the package imap with apt-get.

You must follow the tutoria line by line, then you won't have problems.

From: at: 2005-07-27 19:48:59

Sorry i have that line (used copy paste) but apt cant still get imap...

couldent find package imap...

can i do it manually some how?

From: at: 2005-07-29 09:21:00

Did you run

apt-get update

after you added the line to /etc/apt/sources.list?

From: at: 2005-07-29 10:40:42

No i did not. that fixed the problem.

Gr8 tutorial Btw.

From: at: 2005-08-02 15:45:30

Hi, I had the same problem... need /1/ not /l/ digit 1 not letter l...

From: at: 2005-08-18 20:28:34

I followed the tutorial. I got tripped up on the imap part - I skipped the earlier part about apt-get (I use yum). But anyway, adding the line to the sources.list doesn't seem to help. Somthing is screwed up. Doesn't FC4 use imap, or is there a way to adapt this tutorial to the dovecot?

# apt-get install imap
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.

Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
that package should be filed.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
imap: Depends:
E: Broken packages

From: at: 2005-07-26 02:59:16

Why not just use NTP which will provide nice smooth time updates instead of jumps ??

From: at: 2005-07-31 16:41:44

Sorry but i am a true newbie at linux. When i try to edit etho with this command /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0? all i get is permission denied. can anyone help me. I am logged in as root. Thanks in advance

From: at: 2005-07-31 20:51:36

Try to chamge the file's permissions:

chmod 644 /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

From: at: 2005-08-01 18:22:31


had to do the chmod? and then do a vi ifcfg-eth0 to edit the file. was there an easier way?

From: at: 2005-08-05 13:31:41

No matter what is being said in these replies, I DO like this article but it gives a very distinguished straight to the goal direction for a certain task: creating a working hostingserver. Thnx Falko!!

Remark: apt did not work for me, do not know why, but just kept stalling at reading the packages. Used yum instead.

From: at: 2005-08-14 17:28:18

Often times apt will not work because of a firewall.

From: at: 2005-08-06 15:14:42

When I get to the command "quotacheck -avugm" I get a command not found error. I have been through the instructions twice and have followed them exactly each time but it has happened twice. I have installed everything as instructed. Any suggestions?

From: at: 2005-08-06 15:18:33

I got it, had to be logged in as root

From: battery at: 2008-12-18 02:27:09

Why it's good. More features which aid in better interoperability, add new and exiciting things that just make sense. Testing is the only way to get bad bugs out, bleeding edge is only one of many steps. Someone has to do it. In production environments its usage is questionable, especially when used on big servers serving hundreds or thousands of people.

From: at: 2005-08-13 02:48:38

I was struggleing allong until I found this, very easy for follow format as well as being complete. Thank you for this how-to!

From: at: 2005-08-22 15:24:28

This is only perfect for those who are Linux savvy. Way short on detail. Typical of the whole Linux community, "Keep as cryptic and obscure as conceivably possible". How do they ever expect the rest of the world to change over from Winndows.

From: at: 2005-08-22 16:05:25

When I try to save /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:0, KEDIT gives me the following error. "Could not save to remote file". Help!!!

From: admin at: 2005-08-22 16:15:51

Try to use another editor, kedit thinks this is a url because it contains ":".

From: at: 2005-08-22 16:40:52

Many thanks.

From: at: 2005-09-24 06:04:15

Here is the way I did it,

cp /etc/syscong/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:0

then I did this

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:0

And that was it and changed the DEVICE from eth0 to eth0:0

then IPADDR from to

colon-> ESC -> wq!

and done

Hope this helps

From: Alex at: 2009-12-08 03:14:19

Ya, it does help.

I used to use windows, and now since I have to learn php and how to use apache, it turned out kind of unfamiliar, so I need your guys help.

Now I got my own website running on Linux and thanks for the comment.

From: at: 2005-08-22 22:13:45

Many thanks for what seems to have been a pretty straight forward installation . I do have though a couple of daft questions !

  • what are the default login details for the administration panel ( ? I never got prompted anywhere !
  • can i change the port 81 ?


From: at: 2005-08-22 22:31:55

goodness am i daft !

admin:admin people !

although should i suggest some mention of it would be great in the howto ?! (saying that it might be there and i am blind!)

thanks Falko


From: at: 2005-09-01 19:32:36

Hey, Love the artical........I am new to linux. Ihave it all set up. However, I am unsure of what ports I need to open! I assume I need ports:

FTP 21

SSH 22


Apache 80, 443

Name Serv 81

N E way, do I need any other ports open?


From: at: 2005-09-03 06:52:35

but i coudn't install ispconfig because of this error:

checking lex output file root... ./configure: line 2422: lex: command not found

configure: error: cannot find output from lex; giving up

ERROR: Could not configure PHP

What can i do?

From: at: 2005-09-03 07:09:50

The package flex is missing. Install the flex package:

apt-get install flex

Delete the install_ispconfig directory and unpack the installer tar.gz file again, before trying the ispconfig installation again.

From: at: 2005-09-03 07:19:18

That was quick man, i'll try it now, thanks a lot

From: at: 2005-09-16 23:17:20

I do not run my server behind a router and have a static IP. Do I need to make virtual interface for my network interface?

From: admin at: 2005-09-17 20:27:37

No, if you only have one IP, you do not need a virtual network interface.

From: at: 2005-09-26 07:05:12

What's the reason for it though? I don't mean to be thick .....

Thanks in advance

From: Anonymous at: 2005-09-27 02:51:50

First let me say that this is an excellent HOWTO and I really appreciate the effort to help everyone out --Thanks Falko!

I do not have a fixed IP address, furthermore, I have a Linksys gateway router that insists on assigning my server an IP through the DHCP, regardless of how I configure my server. For example, I've tried to set my IP as, which my router does not see. Instead, my router assigns my server something like, depending on how may clients I have running on the router at the time. This creates all kinds of problems, usally that I cannot access the internet from my server.

Anyone have a solution? This all started with a simple project to upgrade my perfectly running server from PHP4 to PHP5 and Apache 1.3 to 2.0. About 8 days later, I have no hair, bags under my eyes, and I'm about to get fired from my job! I'm afraid without a MS in computer science, Linux is an impossibility! Just me venting fustration ....really though, this is just the first problem I have to solve before I can move on. Thanks!

From: falko at: 2005-09-28 07:42:51

Please post this problem in the forums:

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-09 11:53:27

I have only recently begun using Linux as well, so I understand some of your frustration. This might help for the static IP thing. 1. Go to 'System Settings' and click on the 'Network' icon. 2. When prompted, enter in the root password, if not logged in as root (which they say not to do). You should get a screen that lists your network adapters at this point. 3. Click on the network adapter (usually will have a device name like eth0) and then click on the 'Edit' icon at the top of the window. The first screen that is displayed should have a place for you to change this network interface to use a static rather than dynamic IP. One other note. While following this how to, when adding the virtual interface I had to follow the same process for editing the new interface obviously assigning it a different IP from my eth0 interface. On this virtual interface, I also had to choose the 'Hardware Device' tab at the top and check the box next to 'device Alias number' and then I used the number 0 for my device alias number, which is where the name eth0:0 comes from, I think. I hope this helps. W. Melvin

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-01 01:36:33

What directory do I need to be in for this symlink:

ln -s ../../ chroot

Thanks for the killer article!

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-01 22:35:59

I don't know how many times I read it - and did not see it. It is in there.

Thank you!

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-03 22:00:30

I'm thinking maybe that PostFix is configured wrong, but I'm not sure how to debug. Some of my webpages make use of the mail() function. Which has worked on other hosts...but under my ISPConfig host (which is being hosted and setup using the Perfect Setup for FC4), I get the follow in root's mail:

----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
(reason: 550 <>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table)
(expanded from:

----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to []:
>>> DATA
<<< 550 <>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table
550 5.1.1 User unknown
<<< 554 Error: no valid recipients

I double checked /etc/alternatives and found that mta --> /usr/sbin/sendmail.sendmail

changed to mta --> /usr/sbin/sendmail.postfix

and my error message (in roots mail) changed to:

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to <postmaster>

The Postfix program

<>: unknown user: "dave"

so I double-checked /etc/postfix/local-host-names and found:


but my setup in ISPConfig for that site shows that I'm using an external mailserver (and how would the mail() from PHP care about that?!)...and I have the MX record setup in DNS to point to the 'real' mail server. I know DNS is setup properly, as mail to this address/site from any other client works/goes through...just can't use the mail() function properly?!

Any help, always appreciated - as I have a bruised forehead from banging!?


From: admin at: 2005-10-04 08:08:13

Can you post this in the forums, please? This problem is too complex to be handled in the comments section.

From: Anonymous at: 2005-11-02 22:58:12

Just a quick answer: The problem is not with your MTA (Postfix) or any other steps outlined in this HowTo but most probably with FC4's implementation of SELinux which disallows your webserver (Apache?) to use the Postfix sendmail binary (for security reasons). This is a common problem with PHP's mail() function, Apache and SELinux. Perhaps this could help:

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-12 19:00:07

Someone is submited problem
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2005-08-06 17:14.
When I get to the command "quotacheck -avugm" I get a command not found error. I have been through the instructions twice and have followed them exactly each time but it has happened twice. I have installed everything as instructed. Any suggestions?
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2005-08-06 17:18.
I got it, had to be logged in as root
BUT I HAVE that problem and it is not logged problem
And Second problem is in
"E: coulden't find package imap..."
But I runed
apt-get update
End got
E:Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
What is going on here :))

From: admin at: 2005-10-13 07:58:24

About your imap problem: I've just added a short explanation on, just below the part where I describe which repositories should be used in /etc/apt/sources.list. Read this closely, and you'll understand your problem.

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-21 18:28:12

Why do you suggest to create a virtual NIC eth0:0 when eth0 already exists? What is the purpose of this extra NIC?

From: Anonymous at: 2006-01-09 05:17:06

Most companies who sell Fully-Qualified Domain Names will require the subscriber to have at least two public IP addresses, which are assigned by an ISP, for a Primary and Secondary Domain Name System. Ideally, these would be on (at least) two seperate computers with two seperate accounts with seperate power supplies to decrease the chance of the domain name being down entirely.

Most DIY'ers don't have two computers to do this with, or two different ISP accounts. Since both IP addresses (primary and secondary) will be coming into the same cable into the same NIC, then the computer has to be told to listen for both IP addresses on the same NIC (ie. MAC address), thus a virtual NIC.

If you have two different ISP accounts coming into two different NIC's, then this is not needed, you would assign the NICs as normal (eth0 and eth1, for example).

From: Anonymous at: 2006-01-06 09:36:14

Getting named to work was giving me bloody hell. Whenever I tried to start the service, it would fail. I went through the log and got a:

  • could not configure root hints from '/etc/db.cache': file not found

error message. Since I had no idea what chroot was doing nor what a 'prison' is, this error was making no sense to me. /etc/db.cache is a file and it exists! I'm sure of it.

Finally, I discovered that we are setting up named to run in a 'prison', which means it thinks the directory /var/named/chroot/etc/ is the root top directory. I got the problem fixed by copying db.cache to the prison, like so:

  • cp -f /etc/db.cache /var/named/chroot/etc/
If only I knew what was going on I could have saved an hour of my life :(

From: Anonymous at: 2006-01-19 10:11:18

It is applicable to i386 (Intel) architecture, not the other way around (not ppc (Mac), not x86_64 (AMD) either).

From: hootoo at: 2009-07-06 05:46:23

Thanks for tharing this.

From: china phone at: 2010-11-26 08:37:06

do not have a fixed IP address, furthermore, I have a Linksys gateway router that insists on assigning my server an IP through the DHCP, regardless of how I configure my server. For example, I've tried to set my IP as, which my router does not see. Instead, my router assigns my server something like, depending on how may clients I have running on the router at the time. This creates all kinds of problems, usally that I cannot access the internet from my server.

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-01 00:55:19

What directory do I need to be in when making this symlink?

Probably /root? - maybe not... please help

Thanks for the killer How-To - very well written


From: at: 2005-10-01 15:03:09

In /var/named/chroot/var/named/, as the line before says:

cd /var/named/chroot/var/named/

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-27 15:55:12

Killer howto,

One problem - my system won't boot now. I get the following error on boot up

fschk.ext3: Unable to resolve 'LABEL=/'

enter password for maintenance for CTRL D to reboot. So i thought i would delete that line to start with and make sure the system could boot but i can't edit the file now. !!!!!! HELP!!!!

From: at: 2005-10-27 16:28:03

Please use the forums if you need help with the howtos.

The comment function below the howtos is intended only for comments, not for support.

From: Anonymous at: 2006-01-31 04:40:32

I'm having the same problem :(

I can see the /etc/fstab, copy it to a floppy and edit it, but the filesystem is read-only!!! When I try to use "linux rescue" from the install disk, it can't read all the file system, or wants me to use read-only.

I've finished all of the other instructions, and thats alot of stuff I dont want to be bothered to download again, mevermined installing on such a shitty mechine...

-Anyway I can get out of being fucked?

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-29 21:03:22

Maybe its a good idea to add the '-y' flag to the yum command?

ie : yum -y install bind-chroot

I am quite lazy and most often i just copy/ paste to putty ;-)

Great howto by the way!

From: Anonymous at: 2005-11-10 16:22:26

I'm getting, "Permission Denied" when trying to access this file: /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

I'm loging in as root. Do I need to create another login or change permissions?

From: Anonymous at: 2006-05-04 18:52:56

you gett permision denied becouse you dont use any editor text such mcedit pico,nano

try again ,login as root than :

mcedit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-etho

From: Anonymous at: 2005-11-30 18:42:54

With your setup, apt-get would give me the following error:

E: Unknown signature /var/cache/apt/archives/ blah blah
E: Error(s) while checking package signatures:

it has been corrected with the following commands:

rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY.freshrpms

Hoping this helps

From: Anonymous at: 2006-01-31 05:15:51

ok, some people have had some problems with there cfg fstab ( not being able to boot! ):
when you get to the point when it wants you to rescue/fix the problem in the read-only mode, type:
mount / -o remount,rw
this will gain you full write access to the "/"/root partition/dir.
copy fstab to a floppy:
mount -t vfat /dev/floppy /media/floppy/
cp /etc/fstab /media/floppy/fstab
umount /media/floppy/
this should get you the fstab on a floppy, to cfg on another pc. try to repeace your old settings ( get rid of the ",usrquota,grpquota" )
next, mount the floppy again ( after you've modded the fstab [ from the floppy ] on another pc! ), and overwrite it to the /etc dir:
mount -t vfat /dev/floppy /media/floppy/
cp /media/floppy/fstab /etc/fstab

THE END -and the allies win!

From: Anonymous at: 2006-08-26 02:28:27

<quote> mount / -o remount,rw
this will gain you full write access to the "/"/root partition/dir.</quote>

After this command, simply type in:

vi /etc/fstab

fstab will open up in vi (vim?)  Press the letter i to get into "insert" mode (edit mode).  Go the the beginning of the line you added, which starts LABEL=/ and place a hash mark # in front of that line.  Hit ESCAPE key and type the following:


This will save the changes to the fstab file.  The hash mark tells the system to ignore the line directly after it. 

Ctrl+D reboots, and your system should start back up.



Robert Reese~ 

From: Anonymous at: 2006-06-09 14:11:33

The URL for apt has changed to a new version, so the command to install it should be

rpm -ivh

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-12 05:49:34


yum install php php-devel php-gd php-imap php-ldap php-mysql php-odbc php-pear php-xmlrpc php-mbstring curl curl-devel perl-libwww-perl ImageMagick


I did like this, maybe useful.

From: Anonymous at: 2006-03-11 17:42:21

I don't understand why you have the addhandler and addtypes commented out in the php.conf. This basically disables php from working. If you are having trouble making php scripts run you will likely need to uncomment these two lines in the php.conf file. PHP files should run fine then.

From: admin at: 2006-03-14 07:15:47

This Howto prepares the server for the installation of the ISPConfig server controlpanel. ISPConfig enables / disables php for each vhost individually. Thats why php must be disabled globally.

From: Anonymous at: 2006-05-03 00:28:46

I found the MySQL failed (said the service wasn't started)... which I thought strange, so I went and it wasn't started! Strange, because I was running my site on it... and my site was down...

Long-story-short: After it asks you for what MTA and web server, it'll try to do a restart of mysql (service mysql restart) which fails unless your /etc/init.d/mysqld contains a sleep(5) in the restart function. I think this may be noted in one of the other howto's.

Thanks for the great howto!

(bobx11 at gmail)

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-14 00:21:50

hello!, i am newbie in linux, when I run install::DB_File I have a few errors:

Running install for module DB_File
Running make for P/PM/PMQS/DB_File-1.812.tar.gz
Checksum for /root/.cpan/sources/authors/id/P/PM/PMQS/DB_File-1.812.tar.gz ok
Uncompressed /root/.cpan/sources/authors/id/P/PM/PMQS/DB_File-1.812.tar.gz successfully
Using Tar:/bin/tar xvf /root/.cpan/sources/authors/id/P/PM/PMQS/DB_File-1.812.tar:
Couldn't untar /root/.cpan/sources/authors/id/P/PM/PMQS/DB_File-1.812.tar
Can You help me please?

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-15 15:05:02

I was receiving the "Couldn't untar ..." error as well. Although I never found out how to make it work in the shell, it did work when I ran the following command (without turning off any firewall):

perl -MCPAN -e 'install <perl module to install>'

Rather than dropping to a perl shell, it will install it straight from the command line. Also, don't use the "less than" and "greater than" symbols up above.

From: at: 2007-03-02 22:05:34

even if you install missing make, or gcc perl will not realize that automatically , so you have to do the following:

perl -MCPAN -e shell CPAN

cpan> o conf make /usr/bin/make


It worked for me.

take a look here:

From: Anonymous at: 2005-10-19 21:43:28

After "install HTML::Parser" when I try "install DB_File " the system answers: Going to build P/PM/PMQS/DB_File-1.812.tar.gz

Looks Good.
Checking if your kit is complete...
Looks good
Note (probably harmless): No library found for -ldb
Writing Makefile for DB_File
cp blib/lib/
AutoSplitting blib/lib/ (blib/lib/auto/DB_File)
gcc -c -I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB/include -D_REENTRANT -D_GNU_SOURCE -DDEBUGGING -fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -I/usr/local/include -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64 -I/usr/include/gdbm -O2 -g -pipe -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -m32 -march=i386 -mtune=pentium4 -fasynchronous-unwind-tables -DVERSION=\"1.812\" -DXS_VERSION=\"1.812\" -fPIC "-I/usr/lib/perl5/5.8.6/i386-linux-thread-multi/CORE" -D_NOT_CORE -DmDB_Prefix_t=size_t -DmDB_Hash_t=u_int32_t version.c
/bin/sh: gcc: command not found
make: *** [version.o] Error 127
/usr/bin/make -- NOT OK
Running make test
Can't test without successful make
Running make install
make had returned bad status, install seems impossible

My pc is an AMD athlon. I've follow all previous steps without errors.

Any idea?

Thank you.

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-15 21:26:45

It's not cpan that is causing your issues, you do not have the developer tools installed. You need gcc, make and all associated files.

Do a yum install gcc and it should grab all dependencies of gcc.

From: Anonymous at: 2005-11-17 17:32:46

Just want to say thanks ... I love it when things work as expected.

First I tried the "intelligent" way and failed. Then I found this howto, shut down my brain and did EXACTLY what is stated here . No brain no room for failure or SUE "stupid-user-error" :-)

Thanks Heiko

(P.s. ISP... still gives me some shit, but thats another story)

From: Anonymous at: 2005-12-16 16:27:03

Great work,

Thanks again.

From: Anonymous at: 2006-02-11 16:02:47

Thanks for putting this step. I installed ispconfig on a local machine and i skipped this step. however, the local machine worked fine(including FTP). Then i re-image exactly the same, but with different ip (was hosting by a colo datacenter). when i installed it at the colo, everything worked fine, except for the FTP. Then i remembered i skipped this step. I just returned to this page and did the step above. BINGO!!, it worked. You're a genius. Thanks for a great tool. Hope someday i'll make it big so i can help to contribute to this project.

From: Anonymous at: 2006-07-11 03:59:15

You may also experience problems even after adding the /etc/pam.d/ftp file.

 /etc/proftpd.conf must be modified for 2 things.

  • Change the PAM config file name.
  • Allow not valid shell if your ftp users have no shell access.


Change/Add these lines :

# Add this for non shell accounts.

RequireValidShell               off

# Change this to "ftp", above explains to create the file /etc/pam.d/ftp not /etc/pam.d/proftpd 

AuthPAMConfig                 ftp

From: Anonymous at: 2006-03-16 15:16:40

After having ISPConfig up and running for a few months I started to get an error message from CRON telling me that rdate could not connect to the server listed in this howto.

/usr/bin/rdate -s | logger -t NTP

rdate: couldn't connect to host Connection refused

I simply went to NTP's website and found a server close to me and entered it in

/var/spool/cron/root under the rdate command. This seemed to fix the problem. Looks like the server is shutdown or not accepting connections. Just an FYI.