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Web Application Deployment module A602
Apache httpd - Sourcing, Installation, Testing
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module A602. This topic is presented on public courses Deploying Apache and Tomcat, Deploying LAMP - Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP, Linux Web Server, Deploying Java Applications on Linux / Unix, Extra Day, Linux bootcamp

Apache httpd is a highly configurable web server, and you'll always want to make changes from the default. In this module, we look at sourcing and installing httpd, at configuring it to meet your needs, and at testing the configuration changes.

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Examples from our training material
config.nice   Sample configuration details
yumyum.pl   Setting up and first test program for CGI scripts
Students on a public course
Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from http://www.training-notes.co.uk.
Topics covered in this module
Sourcing Apache httpd.
Configuring httpd.
The user account under which to run the web server.
The address of the web site administrator.
Changing the location of files on the web site.
Allowing more than just serving files!.
Allowing individual users their own web sites.
Configuring log files.
Setting up a separate cgi-bin directory.
Adding Handlers.
Changing your error report pages.
Getting server status reports through the web.
Installing and Configuring httpd on Windows.
Testing your installation.
Testing the basic web directory and home page location.
Testing the userŐs home directory web sites are working.
Testing the server status and server info pages.
Testing your error page.
Testing for the presence and operation of a PHP script.
Testing for the presence and operation of server side includes.
Testing the operation of a .cgi program (written in Perl).
Testing the cgi-bin directory.
Testing wider services.
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