Apache Web Server -  How to change URL default directory / webpage?

Posted on 2012-03-31
Last Modified: 2012-04-01
Just set up a LAMP stack. Default web page is index.html found in:
but I want to change it to:

Can anyone advise?

Question by:Jason210
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Anuroopsundd earned 500 total points
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make the changes in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf to Document root to whatever directory you want to.
 if this file is not available then make the changes in  default-server.conf
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Since I'm using a machine image then the directory is slightly different:


In there i changed the DocumentRoot to var/www/html/moodle

Moodle is the web application folder. However, it does not seem to be working. Is there anything else that needs changing in this appache configuration file?
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Did you restarted the apache services?
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just edit /sites-available/default

<Directory /var/www/>
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride all
Order allow,deny
allow from all
# This directive allows us to have apache2's default start page
# in /apache2-default/, but still have / go to the right place
RedirectMatch ^/$ /apache2-default/

and comment out #RedirectMatch ^/$ /apache2-default/
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# you missed the leading / in
DocumentRoot to /var/www/html/moodle

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Could you please which version of Linux that you are using and how you installed Apache(Rpm/Tar/deb)?

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It's deployed as an image using Amazon Web Services. The image is working fine, but I have this splash screen that I want to avoid.

So I edit the httpd.conf file by changing these lines.

DocumentRoot  "/path/to/index/page"
<Directory "/path/to/index/page">

Obviously substituting that with real information.

The funny thing is it works until I reboot the server (which I do when I make an image) and the it just craters with error 500.

This is Unbuntu 10.04, and Apache2.

@ahoffman - I didn't miss the leading slash on the conf file.
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It seems that it's the application that is causing this error, the index.php file in the moodle folder.

As a test, I dropped an ordinary index.html file in there it worked.

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