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From "Thomas Johansson" <>
Subject [users@httpd] cannot access sites through "localhost" on development computer
Date Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:22:47 GMT

I am having a problem and wonder if someone could help.

I am using Apache 2.2 installed on my laptop for site development  
purposes with PHP (on Windows Vista). Normally, in order to see my  
sites, I just open my web browser (either IE or Firefox), then type  
http://localhost in the address field, which takes me to my C:/Inetpup  
folder (where I keep my various site folders and PHP scripts).

However, since a few days back, when I type http://localhost, all I  
get (on both IE and Firefox) is an error message (Page not be found  

The same thing happens if I try to access a specific site or site page  
directly (e.g. http://localhost/some site folder/index.php).

In my Apache documentation, I read somewhere that I could instead try And when I do so, it works fine (i.e. I get to my  
Inetpub folder and can see my web sites and their pages and work as  
According to the same documentation, this would suggest that I "have  
serious DNS problems", but it does not say what I need to do to fix  
it. And I cannot find the answer anywhere on the Apache site either.

So, if anyone would anyone have any idea of what is wrong and what I  
need to do to fix this problem, I would be really grateful.

(Perhaps reinstall Apache? Wouldn't this mess up my PHP installation...?)



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