You are being served by Apache2 on Gentoo Linux

In: Personal

29 Aug 2004

OK I got Postfix and courier-imap up and running now. Plus, switching to a 2.6 kernel was as simple as changing it in the web-based Linode Platform manager and rebooting. Just select a few things and click a few form buttons. Very nice.

The migration to the new server didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d hoped it to be, but all is good now and you are currently being served this webpage/rss feed by Apache2 web server running on a Gentoo Linux box.

Apache signature of new server at Linode.com


I’m using this Virtual Private Server (VPS) setup offered by Linode.com which is an unmanaged User Mode Linux hosting solution. Which means I’ve had to take a crash course in system administration in the attempt to transform a base Linux system with minimal services into a production web server. It’s hard because of the esoteric configuration that Linux is so notorious for, though it was still easier than I thought, and very satisfying when things progressed from a state of borkage to reasonable functionality. Gentoo’s Portage probably played a good hand in making things easy. emerge, emerge, emerge.

I still need to set up a email services (the whole kahuna – MTA, LDA, AA) – any advice on this area would be very nice.

More on Gentoo, system administration, User Mode Linux, and Linode later.

14 Responses to You are being served by Apache2 on Gentoo Linux

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Urug

August 29th, 2004 at 4am

Advice on MTA/LDA:
You’re a beginner, so go with postfix.

Here’s the short overview:
– sendmail is obsolete, don’t waste your time on it
– postfix is mainstream and recommended for newbies – start here.
– exim is the exot. if you feel uncomfortable with postfix you may want to give it a try.
– qmail is the “big iron”. if you need a mail-system that scales up to millions of messages per day you’ll be using qmail.

Have fun.

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Marcello

August 29th, 2004 at 9am

Give also a look at Courier MTA.

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Karl Söderström

August 29th, 2004 at 5pm

Which VPS plan did you choose, and are you satisfied with the performance? I’ve been thinking about signing up for a VPS, but I’m just not sure about what a Contention Ratio of 40:1 or 30:1 actually comes down to in real performance.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

August 29th, 2004 at 10pm

Thanks for the suggestions.

I’ve got Postfix and courier-imap running now. Not an ideal setup yet, but functional at the moment.

Karl: I got the Linode 64 plan (the cheapest). There has been 1 occasion where the server load went absurbly high and basically freezed the services that were running. I’m not sure if that’s my fault or somebody elses sharing the same box. Other than that, I’m pretty much satisfied with it. It seems faster (in terms of the network and the CPU performance) than the other hosts I’ve been with – granted, all were shared hosting except the last one being a shared-dedicated hybrid.

I’ll probably need to run on my Linode a few more weeks before I can say anything concrete.

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Stephan Segraves

August 30th, 2004 at 1am

No PHP5?? :-(

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Cheah Chu Yeow

August 30th, 2004 at 1am

I initially wanted to but was afraid that some web applications won’t run properly. And I more urgently wanted to put out a working site on the new server so went the “easy” way out ;).

Expect PHP5 in the near future though, now that I’ve got most of the basic services up and running smoothly.

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David Chen

August 31st, 2004 at 2am

Hmm, I tried to post a comment earlier but strange funky things happened; every single blog entry was just a list of the most recent ones. But things seem normal now.

Though perhaps it is a moot issue presently, I went with qmail as my first after hearing about its excellent security. This guide was excellent. I actually find qmail easier to use than postfix, but postfix is more mainstream and it could be just that I was just used to qmail. There may be an equivalent for postfix, but qmail has a nice web-based interface for creating and managing email accounts called qmailadmin that is quite convenient, as well.

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Andrea

August 31st, 2004 at 2pm

Congratulations!
If you need some Apache hacks help, I doubt it you are too talented, you know that you can always count on me!

Andrea

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Cheah Chu Yeow

September 6th, 2004 at 8am

Upgraded to PHP5 yesterday. All seems well, except for my Tasks setup (the free version) which broke (expectedly, since the developer Alex King is well aware of this).

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Winston Nolan

January 21st, 2005 at 8pm

hey!

use this howto!

http://www.high5.net – full mailserver running postfix, and courier-imap
with virtual users, and domains – very good for high end mailserver

also, slap mailscanner and spamassassin + clamav on there and youll have a mailserver with spam and virus protection in no time!
also look into mailwatch with is a php fronend for mailscanner

hope this helps. email me if you have questions

winston

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