Techno Z
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Apache 2 not working??

Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:39 pm

Hi there,
I am trying to build a web server with Apache 2. It seems to work fine, but I can't figure out how to edit the server contents. :roll:

When I installed everything I needed to and tested the server out, (It worked. :D ) I was told that to edit it, I needed to go to the terminal and type:

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sudo rm /var/www/index.html
It didn't work, ( :cry: ). It said that it couldn't find the file, even though I looked through the File Manger and found it myself. What this line of code does is deletes the server contents from the raspberry pi entirely, and I was supposed to type in this next:

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nano /var/www/index/php
This should replace the contents with a clean PHP file for me to edit. That didn't work either.
I tried this next:

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sudo nano /var/www/index.html
That will allow me to edit the server contents. That one worked :D .What I am trying to do is to display the date and time. I put this into the terminal to place into the server:

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<h1>The date and time</h1> 
<?php echo date ('Y-m-d H:i:s');
Okay. Now what? Is there a button to save the file?? I was told to refresh the page and then my results would show. They didn't! :evil: I followed exactly what my guide told me to do and it didn't work.

Does anyone know how to use Apache 2 correctly?

Techno Z :P

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Re: Apache 2 not working??

Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:47 am

The correct directory is
The correct default file is
The correct file for using PHP on the default page is
But you must remove index.html to use it.

edit: Insure you have installed php, then

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<?php echo date('Y-m-d H:i:s') ?>

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Re: Apache 2 not working??

Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:16 am

The directory changed indeed at Apache2 to: /var/www/html/
I had some troubles in the beginning recognizing the change.
By the way it is possible to change the standard html directory back to /var/www in an apache setup file. (I don't remember which setup file anymore)

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Re: Apache 2 not working??

Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:23 pm

Edit /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf change

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DocumentRoot /var/www/html

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DocumentRoot /var/www
. Restart apache2 and it will switch from /var/www/html to /var/www.
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