View Full Version : [SOLVED] *nix noob, setting up php dev/test server, almost got it

August 26th, 2010, 12:29 AM
Goal: A dev/test server piped to the interwebs via dyndns.org & accessible via my existing domain name.

I have Lucid with the lamp stack up & running, ethernet to my netgear wgr614, then comcast cable residential (thus the dyndns)

At one point I was able to connect to Apache via local machines, but not external machine/networks, so I kept changing settings and then I broke that, & Apache went dark. I have my domain name pointed at dyndns correctly & my router has the dyndns update utility up & running, and tcp 8080 is fwd'ed to my server ip.
I'm 99% sure my issues are in the server settings...

The files listed below I have modified, If it's not here I haven't touched it (I think :D) & the settings are default...


#loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

#primarynetwork interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static




ServerName www.mydomain.com


NameVirtualHost *:8080
Listen 8080
...(remainder omitted & unchanged)


<VirtualHost *:8080>
...(remainder omitted & unchanged)

August 26th, 2010, 06:11 AM
When you try both your public IP and domain name what response/messages exactly do you get? Also what happens when you use the local IP?
I'm afraid "going dark" just doesn't give enough detail.

August 26th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Thanks for the reply Bkk,

I remember writing the post thinking "I'm going to put every detail in here so there's no way they would need any more info...;)"

Requests from external machines/networks have always timed out (regardless of domain name vs. IP), when I had it working I could load the "It Works!" page from my desktop on the private LAN (using the local IP). I think I can get back to that state if I tinker a little more...

August 26th, 2010, 09:48 PM
Just found out apache wasn't starting/running because of a port conflict (err msg follows)

"('98')Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address
no listening sockets available, shutting down
Unable to open logs"

Is there a way to list what is using different ports?

August 26th, 2010, 10:27 PM
Just found out about netstat, so here is the output
netstat -an | egrep 'Proto|Listen'

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State
tcp 0 0* LISTEN
tcp 0 0* LISTEN
Proto RefCnt Flags Type State I-Node Path
unix 2 [ ACC ] STREAM LISTENING 2705 @/com/ubuntu/upstart
unix 2 [ ACC ] STREAM LISTENING 4042 /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

Ryan Dwyer
August 26th, 2010, 10:34 PM
Make Apache listen on port 80, then forward external 8080 to internal 80.

August 26th, 2010, 10:59 PM
Hi Ryan,
Thanks for the reply,

Did you mean fwd from my router? It's a little different as my router only gives an option to open up a specific port (or range of ports) under the forwarding section, it does not have options/settings for external/internal ports...

here is a picture of the fwd'ing tab in my router:

August 26th, 2010, 11:11 PM

I changed apache back to 80, my fwd'ing back to 80, and now it works!?

This was how I had it setup yesterday, when it wasn't responding to external http requests (timing out)?

I wonder whats different between then & now???

Querying my domain name [my ip]...

[begin response]

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 22:07:16 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2.14 (Ubuntu)
Last-Modified: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:58:44 GMT
ETag: "2094f-b1-48eaa78879516"
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Length: 177
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html

<html><body><h1>It works!</h1>
<p>This is the default web page for this server.</p>
<p>The web server software is running but no content has been added, yet.</p>
[end response]

August 26th, 2010, 11:16 PM
That's a bit limited. *Note to self, don't buy a Netgear Router.

Try using sudo netstat -lntp
This will show which process is currently using port 8080. You'll need to resolve that conflict. There's no reason why 8080 isn't a good a port to use, particularly if you have no choice but two services can't listen on the same one.