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Friday March 25, 2005
03:21 PM

Apache and Alias, Ambushed!

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Running FC3? Had trouble getting Alias working with Apache when pointing outside of /var/www? Three hours of my life got burned up figuring this one out. Story here.

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  • Why do people still bother with Redhat and their spawn? Its not like its the first time they've mangled the vital functionality of an important package. Remember their Perl 5.8.0 and unicode fiasco?
  • Quoting what you said on the other site: "The Punchline is that Fedora Core includes an entirely separate, parallel security mechanism called SELinux (Security-enhanced Linux), which is configured out-of-the-box to restrict which directories httpd has access to. (Dig through /etc/selinux/ for hints about what’s going on.)"

    During the install you must have missed the prompt asking if you want to enable SELinux (or does that only come up when you do a custom install?). It made it pretty clear to me tha

    • I'm told that the prompt for SELinux only comes up during a custom install. I've also been chastised for not doing a custom install.
  • having followed the outgrowth of Fedora Core 3 continually from Red Hat 7.2 onward, I can pretty much deny that Fedora Core 3 sucks.

    If anyone had been paying attention, they would certainly have noticed that SELinux was introduced in Fedora Core 2 , coinciding, IIRC, with the inclusion of the 2.6 kernel -- and has little or nothing to do with Fedora Core 2 or 3.

    As a matter of fact, Red Hat Magazine wrote about SELinux recently in their November 2004 article [redhat.com].

    Fedora Core 3's installer does ask you abou

    • Where did you get the idea that I was a system administrator? And where did you get the idea I was saying that RedHat or Fedora suck? I didn't say either. I'm quite happy with Fedora on the whole, other than feeling ambushed by a "feature" that causes such cryptic failures if you try to color outside the lines. Every system has its rough edges.

      For a Sysadmin to install Fedora without knowing about SELinux would border on criminal. But if you're coming at it as a developer who needs a platform for Apache