My Apache-Fu is Weak

Posted by Brian Sun, 24 Jan 2010 00:49:00 GMT

Update: My Apache-Fu is strong again. Old links should now be working again.

So the upgrade changed my URL’s yet again. Now article URL’s are of the form /%year%/%month%/%day%/%article-name%. This breaks any existing links to the site and any existing links within the site. I thought I had Apache setup to redirect these correctly, but I apparently don’t. Right now most links to this site are broken. Just drop the leading /blog/article and it should work until I figure out why my .htaccess isn’t redirecting properly.

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52 Books a Year: #8 - Linux Apache Web Server Administration

Posted by Brian Tue, 03 Nov 2009 21:38:00 GMT

Linux Apache Web Server Administration By Charles Aulds

4.5/5

This spring I reached my breaking point with Apache. I didn’t really have a good understanding of what I was doing and I was moving from tutorial-to-tutorial trying to fill in the gaps. Finally, I decided that I needed a book and the next day I started reading Linux Apache Web Server Administration courtesy of the library. This covers version 2.0 of the server. Currently Apache is on 2.2.14, but this still provides a solid foundation of the fundamentals, which is exactly what I was looking for. If you understand the fundamentals of Apache, the wealth of tutorials and how-to articles out there start making a lot more sense.

You will get the most value out of this book if you are running Apache on a box with root access. A lot of this will not apply if you are in a shared hosting environment (like me), but you will at least understand why your host has setup the server in a certain way as you curse them. The writing can be dense, but this is a dense topic. I felt like the coverage of scripting wasn’t very thorough, but for those without much programming experience I can see it being valuable.

If you are struggling to understand proper Apache usage like me, then this book is for you. As soon as anything went wrong I had very little understanding of how to fix it. Now I at least understand how to start.

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