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From "BGREE07" <bgre...@somcol.co.za>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] problem with apache and php files
Date Wed, 16 Aug 2006 07:43:50 GMT
It could also be a cache problem. 
If at some time in the past you had Apache incorrectly configured and
browsed to example.com, you would have been asked to download the file.
If you don't clear your cache, every time you browse to example.com, the
same will happen.

I've had this problem before with PHP4 and Apache2 and no matter how
many times I refreshed firefox, it still gave me the same dialogue.
Clear cache, close firefox, open it again and see if that works.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alain Wolf [mailto:wolf@k18.ch] 
Sent: 15 August 2006 06:45 PM
To: users@httpd.apache.org
Subject: Re: [users@httpd] problem with apache and php files

Scott Bowden wrote:
> I'm having some difficulty getting apache2 configured, and after doing
> quite a lot of googling, I'm pretty well stumped as to where to go.
>
> Let me preface this by saying that it's entirely possible I've done
> something very, very stupid.
>
> That said:
>
> I recently moved to a new server, and in the process upgraded to
> apache 2.0.54, having been running apache 1.3 for quite some time. I
> host around 6 or 7 different websites off this setup using vhosts. A
> few of these websites use php4.
>
> I seem to have gotten myself into the following situation:
>
> There are three sites:
>
>  1. example.com
>  2. www.example.com
>  3. test.example.com
>
> The first two are actually the same site. The third is a separate
> site. All three have "index.php" in their document root - though not
> the same 'index.php'. (1 and 2 share one, 3 has it's own, entirely
> other).
>
> PHP works perfectly on test.example.com. It also works perfectly on
> www.example.com. However, on example.com, every time I try to load up
> the root (ie. http://example.com/), Apache 2 attempts to let me (using
> FireFox) download the file, instead of parsing it.
>
> It gets stranger.
>
> If I go to http://example.com/index.php , it works perfectly. Only
> when going to the root (http://example.com) do I see this behavior.
> Every PHP file on the server works exactly as it should. Only if I
> load up the root is there a problem.
>
> Stranger still: if I choose to download the file, the transaction does
> not appear in any log files. It's as though it never happened.
>
> Nothing I try gets this to reproduce on www.example.com and
> test.example.com. Only on the bare example.com can I get this to
> occur.
>
> I've looked through my configs, and nothing jumps out at me. I've even
> switched the hosts around. I moved the config for test.example.com
> into the config file for example.com - no dice (the error occurred). I
> changed the example.com config so that it was now set (via the
> ServerName directive) to be test.example.com, and it worked
> flawlessly.
>
> In short, no matter which of the three configurations I use, they work
> flawlessly if their ServerName is anything other than 'example.com'.
> If their ServerName is 'example.com', every single one of them
> attempts to have the user download index.php if the user tries to load
> 'http://example.com/'.
>
> I'm fairly convinced this is not a PHP issue, because as I've said, 2
> of the 3 sites work flawlessly - and in fact, all of them work
> flawlessly if they are not vhosts for 'example.com'. So, I'm left with
> this being an apache configuration issue.
>
> Anyone have any ideas?
>
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Could be a DNS issue too. When DNS fails, nowadays browers tend to
auto-correct things. Which sometimes gives you unexpected effects while
debugging.


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