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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Stuck in XAMPP Hell

    I am running Ubuntu 12.04. I am new to Ubuntu and I am trying to set up LAMPP. I downloaded and installed XAMPP for Linux. I could browse to localhost and got the text screen “It works”. I think I should have seen the XAMPP graphics screen. I also found out I already had mysql-server 5.5.31. So XAMPP had a problem installing sql-server.

    I uninstalled the mysql-server 5.5.31using Ubuntu Software Center and started researching where to install a new sql-server that XAMPP could use. This is when I realized I was screwed!

    Upon browsing my file system, I found the XAMPP installed path at /opt/lampp. This path included /var/mysql, /var/perl, /var/proftpd, /var/run. I also found the path /etc/apache2 and /run/apache2 (which was empty) and /run/mysqld (which only had 2 files in it). And I also found /var/www (which had the index.html that localhost loaded).

    I am a little lost... I can stop XAMPP and when I start it again I get the text:
    Starting XAMPP for Linux 1.8.1...
    XAMPP: Another web server daemon is already running.
    XAMPP: Another MySQL daemon is already running.
    XAMPP: Starting ProFTPD...
    XAMPP for Linux started.

    How do I clean this up? My goal is to install Joomla! and develop my website on my local machine instead of doing my developing on the host server.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Re: Stuck in XAMPP Hell

    IMHO the first mistake is installing XAMPP. I understand why this is popular on Windows, but Ubuntu and most other Linux distros provide a very solid, easy to install LAMP stack via the package manager.

    I suggest you remove XAMPP, and check out this page for instructions on installing a native LAMP stack:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Re: Stuck in XAMPP Hell

    I agree. Thanks for stateing the obvious. I am dumping XAMPP.

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