[greenstone-users] Remote access to GSDL server in Ubuntu Linux platform with Apache2

From H.M. Gladney
DateSun, 22 Apr 2007 15:29:00 -0700
Subject [greenstone-users] Remote access to GSDL server in Ubuntu Linux platform with Apache2

I wonder whether I'm the first GSDL administrator setting up a service from a platform based on Ubuntu Linux (#) with Apache2. (*) 

A small but essential detail of providing remote GSDL access seem to be different than what the INSTALL_RECORD terminal log (as recommended in the Greenstone Digital Library Installer's Guide subsection on Unix webserver configuration) and some Apache documentation suggest.  Specifically, where this install log recommends "//gsdl…" within its draft Apache ALIAS scripts, I needed to change this to "/gsdl…".  (Conjecture: this might reflect different shell program behavior or different directory layout in Ubuntu Linux than in other Linux/Unix distributions.)

In passing, I point out that prospective GSDL installers should note that Apache layout is different in different Linux distributions, and that the Ubuntu layout for Apache 2.0 is different than that for Apache 1.3.  (See http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/Info/DistrosDefaultLayout.)  This affects the location of Apache directives.

Cheerio, Henry
H.M. Gladney, Ph.D.  http://home.pacbell.net/hgladney

P.S. (*) I am relatively inexperienced with Linux administration as well as with GSDL, so that my analysis in this note should be regarded as tentative.

(#) Why Ubuntu Linux?  Several 2007 trade press and geek press articles are very positive about the usability of this distribution.  E.g., http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2115821,00.asp