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Setup Apache httpd server

This is a general how to to get a basic httpd service up and running.

Applies to:
Slackware 14.1 (and possibly previous versions)
Apache 2 (and possibly previous versions)


1) Edit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf - Here is what you care about, change/uncomment the following lines as necessary:

vi /etc/httpd/httpd.conf

  ServerAdmin you@myawesomeserver.com  <---OPTIONAL
  ServerName www.myawesomeserver.com:80
  <Directory />
      AllowOverride none
      Require all denied

  DocumentRoot "/srv/httpd/htdocs"
  <Directory "/srv/httpd/htdocs">
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride None
      Require all granted

  <IfModule dir_module>
      DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.pl index.php
  ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/error_log"
  CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/access_log" common
  Include /etc/httpd/extra/httpd-autoindex.conf <---OPTIONAL but nice. this creates a directory listing if index.html is missing.
  Include /etc/httpd/extra/httpd-default.conf   <---OPTIONAL

All other default settings should be good.

HINT: With these settings, your default webpages should be put in /srv/httpd/htdocs. Your default logs should be under /var/log/httpd.

2) Make it start on boot.

chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.httpd
/etc/rc.d/rc.httpd start


This will allow users to have individual web space (/home/USER/public_html). These can be accessed from the web by adding “~USERNAME” to the URL.

1) Edit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf, change/uncomment the following:

 vi /etc/httpd/httpd.conf

  LoadModule authz_host_module lib64/httpd/modules/mod_authz_host.so
  LoadModule authz_user_module lib64/httpd/modules/mod_authz_user.so
  LoadModule authz_core_module lib64/httpd/modules/mod_authz_core.so
  LoadModule userdir_module lib64/httpd/modules/mod_userdir.so
  Include /etc/httpd/extra/httpd-userdir.conf

2) Edit /etc/httpd/extra/httpd-userdir.conf, change/uncomment the following:

vi /etc/httpd/extra/httpd-userdir.conf

  <Directory "/home/*/public_html">
      AllowOverride FileInfo AuthConfig Limit Indexes
      Options MultiViews Indexes SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
      Require method GET POST OPTIONS

3) Restart Apache

/etc/rc.d/rc.httpd restart


This enables CGI script execution on your webserver.

1) Edit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf, change/uncomment the following:

 vi /etc/httpd/httpd.conf
  LoadModule proxy_fcgi_module lib64/httpd/modules/mod_proxy_fcgi.so
  LoadModule proxy_scgi_module lib64/httpd/modules/mod_proxy_scgi.so
  LoadModule cgid_module lib64/httpd/modules/mod_cgid.so

  <IfModule alias_module>
      ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "/srv/httpd/cgi-bin/"

  <Directory "/srv/httpd/cgi-bin">
    AllowOverride None
    Options None
    Require all granted

  <IfModule mime_module>
    AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl

2) Restart Apache

/etc/rc.d/rc.httpd restart

HINT: Your cgi-bin directory will be /srv/httpd/cgi-bin/. The scripts can be accessed by adding /cgi-bin/SCRIPTNAME to the website URL.


NOTE: This does not apply to php scripts, see the below for them.


1) Setup CGI-BIN as described above.

2) Edit /etc/httpd/extra/httpd-userdir.conf and add the following:

  <Directory "/home/*/public_html/cgi-bin">
    Options ExecCGI
    SetHandler cgi-script

3) Restart Apache

/etc/rc.d/rc.httpd restart

HINT: This will allow users to run CGI scripts out of their /home/USER/public_html/cgi-bin directory. Their scripts can be accessed through their user directories.

EXAMPLE: http://www.slackware.com/~pat/cgi-bin/webform.pl


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