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From John Steel <>
Subject [users@httpd] Setting up a staging server with apache
Date Sun, 29 Apr 2007 12:04:00 GMT
I'm new to PHP but not J2EE. In J2EE you can set the container to 
resolve separate apps based off their hostname as long as you set them 
up as web-apps in the config.
So for example, you can on a single PC visit 
http://localhost:8080/ and 
http://localhost:8080/ What you are really doing is 
just qualifying 1 host having multiple web-apps. Its useful because you 
can expose this PC to the web as a staging server, and outside users can 
see them by using URL's like and This is all handled 
entirely by the J2EE server. When you want to populate production 
machines you copy the staging content to live, where the real URL is 
mapped appropriately.

I am trying to reproduce this setup for PHP development which will 
manage separate hosts running separate apps (Drupal, MediaWiki, etc).
If I try to use Apache VirtualHosts I get stuck - I know I could set up and as separate entries but that means 
messing externally with with the IP addresses/hostnames. Is this 
possible with a rewrite rule? I.e., if you see 
http://localhost:8010/{$hostname} you really mean ServerName={$hostname} 
in httpd.conf?
Any smarter solutions very welcome, thanks.


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