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Setup Apache, PHP and MySQL

In order to configure your Slackware Linux box as a MySQL-PHP -ready web server, please follow these instructions:

  • Install the Apache (httpd), php and MySQL packages from the Slackware discs or Slackpkg.
  • Fix php time zone (many apps will complain about this if you don't do it). Edit '/etc/httpd/php.ini' and find the following line and uncomment it:
    date.timezone = America/Chicago <--change to correct time zone
  • As the root user, open the '/etc/httpd/httpd.conf' Apache configuration file with your preferred text editor. Then, find the following line and uncomment it (delete the '#' character at the start of the line):
    Include /etc/httpd/mod_php.conf

    Now your Apache will include the PHP module when it starts.

  • Set a server name (if your machine's IP doesn't resolve to a name). Edit the '/etc/httpd/httpd.conf' and uncomment the following line:
    ServerName www.example.com:80 <--change www.example.com to an IP or your machine's name
  • Optionally (but recommended), you can configure Apache to use an 'index.php' file as your directory index. You just have to search the following line…:
  • Optionally 2, if you use Perl for web scripts, you may want to add 'index.pl' also.
      <IfModule dir_module> DirectoryIndex index.html </IfModule>

    … and change it to:

      <IfModule dir_module> DirectoryIndex index.html index.php </IfModule>

    Please note the 'index.php' part added. You can now save and close your '/etc/httpd/httpd.conf' file and restart your Apache server in order to have your modifications applied. As root, execute:

    apachectl restart


  • If you want your Apache server to start automatically when you start your box, you can change the permissions of the '/etc/rc.d/rc.httpd' file. Execute the following command as root:
      * chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.httpd

    Now your Apache server will start automatically when your system boots.

    In order to configure your MySQL installation, please see the Install MySQL On Slackware doc.

Final Considerations

  • Normally you would want to test your recent changes in order to know if they have worked. After restarting Apache, create a 'test.php' file on your '/var/www/htdocs/' directory with the following:
    <?php phpinfo(); ?>

    Now you can open your favorite web browser to the following URL: http://localhost/test.php . If you your PHP installation's settings are displayed, then you have configured your Apache correctly, otherwise, please re-check this documentation (getting sure you have followed every step correctly), or contact us at ##slackware on FreeNode.

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