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Are there development time proven substitutes for Apache2? [message #74923] Tue, 17 March 2009 09:37 Go to next message
gkoller  is currently offline gkoller
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Yesterday I spent 4 very frustrating hours trying to install Apache2 on a clean updated Ubuntu box without final satisfaction. In fact, somehow, things have gotten so unraveled that I cannot even completely re-install to where I was having the original problem.

((With rails the package bundles a lightweight web-server that I will guess is not expected to be used in production but is included in installs because it is easy and effective to setup and use for development purposes.))

Yes, I googled up and found dozens of postings and blogs with related Ubuntu + apache2 problems. Clearly Apache2 must have an almost insanely clever system of configs including configs and environment vars to do what it must do under such a wide range of usage. There must be over 500 files involved?

Then searching the web (in desperation) I came across a PHP web server named Nanoweb that seems, superficially at least, that it could be, from my very humble beginner perspective, a possible substitute for Apache... (from finding to installing was all of 3 minutes before it was congratulating me on a successful install, something Apache2 is yet to do.)

So my question is:

Could this or another open source product possibly be a good development time substitute for Apache2?

(Clearly introducing another package cannot simplify things in total, but let's say in the spirit of the "sandbox" as a truly self-contained quick look environment to concentrate on Symphony, or as a documented "quick fix" for Apache2 issues?)

Thanks in advance....



George Koller
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Re: Are there development time proven substitutes for Apache2? [message #74983 is a reply to message #74923 ] Tue, 17 March 2009 15:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Apache, afaik, is really easy to install. On Linux it is something like "sudo yum install apache2" to get it installed, configured, set up to boot, and running immediately.

If you are looking for an alternative, you might want to check out lighttpd, but tbh I would stick with Apache. Perhaps the box was not as clean as you thought it was? What exactly was the problem with it?


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Re: Are there development time proven substitutes for Apache2? [message #74986 is a reply to message #74983 ] Tue, 17 March 2009 16:17 Go to previous message
gkoller  is currently offline gkoller
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Thank you.

My apache2 install was fast and easy - it just did not work Embarassed for my Ubuntu box - I did have some confusion how / if it was started.

I will look into lightpd.

I guess I was also just "amused" to see a light-duty Web Server written in PHP. My thinking on this language is changing from day to day... I think the author says he wrote it just to see if it could be done (??) - what a wonderful world. I shall try it also if I get an excuse.

(I'm a big fan of Ruby but advanced Ruby folks seem to be able to come up without almost too many "mysterious" constructions. Just my opinion. There is just something "flat" and predictable/familiar/comfortable to PHP & the extensions I see - in actual practice. Maybe it is the 10+ years I spent programming in c? Razz )

Best,







George Koller
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Vacation Wonderland & High-tech Black Hole.

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