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From "Urijah Kaplan" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Re: apache/linux newbie has Test Page that won't die
Date Fri, 09 Feb 2007 01:35:16 GMT
Okay, at first glance what you said was just a lot of jargon. I'm
slowly trying to translate, so please tell me if I'm on the right

1) What's a "graceful" restart? Right now, I'm just pressing restart
on the simple control panel godaddy gives me. When I ssh in, what
should I type in? (I'm guessing you mean restarting Apache and not the
whole server--right? How do you do that?)

2)  Where are these VirtualHost Settings stored? I don't see them in
/etc/httpd/conf/welcome.conf I don't really need a VirtualHost (I
think), because this server will be for only one site. Is there any
downside to using a Virtual Host?

3) What does "non-matching requests (that don't contain a matching
Host: header)" mean?

4)Where is the DirectoryIndex directive? What does it do?

5)I sense a lot of reading coming up for me...
Thanks so much!


On 2/8/07, Sander Temme <> wrote:
> On Feb 8, 2007, at 3:56 PM, Urijah Kaplan wrote:
> > That worked! I restarted (I didn't know I had to do that--when am I
> > supposed to restart?) and the folder from /home/<my name>/public_html
> > popped up. Seizing the opportunity, I put in my website there
> > (changing the default.htm to index.html) and it worked! So, this
> > experience leaves me with a few questions
> >
> > 1.When should I know to restart the server?
> When you change the configuration file(s). Usually, a 'graceful'
> restart is enough.
> > 2. Why aren't the pages being served from /var/www/html/ like the
> > DocumentRoot says? Is there another configuration file that's
> > overriding it somewhere?
> As soon as you define <VirtualHost> containers, they take over from
> the 'Main Server' configuration. The first virtual host in your
> configuration is the Default and receives non-matching requests (that
> don't contain a matching Host: header).
> > 3) Why can't I use default.htm (not a big deal obviously)
> Add it to the DirectoryIndex directive. You can do this per virtual
> host.
> > 4) Since I clearly don't know what I'm doing, what would be a good
> > resource/book to use to teach me more about Apache/Linux?
> The Apache documentation:
> I have always liked "Apache: the Definitive Guide" by Ben and Peter
> Laurie:
> tag=sandersweblog-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASI
> N=0596002033&adid=0H8M3S43QATSYC94MFXZ&
> Also, hang out on this list and you'll be helping other people in no
> time!
> S.
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