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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Apache 2.2 & PHP 5 (troubleshooting tip to fix force-download php script from localhost server)

1) Make sure the '' file exists in '/usr/lib/apache2/modules' and file 'libapache2-mod-php5' is installed, use 'sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5' to install.

2) Create a 'php5.conf' in '/etc/apache2/mods-enabled' then insert the code below:
LoadModule php5_module /usr/lib/apache2/modules/

AddType application/x-httpd-php3 .php3
AddType application/x-httpd-php3-source .php3s

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

NOTE: Apache2 will load all the *.conf/*.load files automatically when it starts/restarts.

3) Make sure to edit the file 'default' in '/etc/apache2/sites-available' folder to the code below.
These settings are for VirtualHost's/DocumentRoot and more:
# Enable named virtual hosts
NameVirtualHost *

# Override the default httpd.conf directives. Make sure to
# use 'Allow from all' to prevent 403 Forbidden message.

Options Indexes ExecCGI FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride All
Allow from all

# A basic virtual host config

DocumentRoot /var/www/websites/

ServerAlias mysite
DocumentRoot /var/www/websites/mysite/

NOTE: The 'default' file overrides 'httpd.conf' settings because it's configurations loaded after the 'httpd.conf' loads.

4) Make sure the file '/etc/hosts' has the following DNS settings for localhost server: localhost mysite
5) Last step, load the server via browser 'http://localhost/'. This will give you a directory listing or point to index.php/index.html file.

6) While in browser, if you site directory continues to force-download the php script then clear browser cache and refresh.

BONUES TIP: to enable mod_rewrite for htaccess in server, make sure the module 'rewrite' (mod_rewrite) is installed, then use command 'sudo a2enmod rewrite' to enable it in apache2.

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