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Force apache 443 to port 80

I've installed a Raspian/Debian webserver. It works fine when I browse to http://98.102.63.nnn/, but when I browse to https://98.102.63.nnn/ I get "This page can’t be displayed". I've used IP tables to forward port 443 to 80 and I have $DOCUMENT_ROOT/.htaccess set to:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^/?(.*)     http://%{SERVER_NAME}/index.html [L,R=301]

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which may not be correct at all.

Could someone help me figure this out?
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jmarkfoley
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savoneCommented:
You have to configure apache to accept HTTPS (443) connections.  

It's a lot to type, but google is your friend.  Here is the first how to I came across, but there are plenty out there.  Google "configure apache for https".

https://beeznest.wordpress.com/2008/04/25/how-to-configure-https-on-apache-2/
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
When you try to connect with 'https', a secure connection is requested.  If you have not installed an SSL/TLS certificate, the connection will not be made which means that you can not redirect from port 443 to port 80.
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savoneCommented:
@Dave Baldwin, he has to configure apache for https connections, no?
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jmarkfoleyAuthor Commented:
Well I was hoping to avoid all that, but I guess I cannot. I'm used to apache on Slackware which configures a bit different. Your link gave me a good howto for Debian. I copied in and configured my ssl files and things are working.

Dave Baldwin - thanks for you response, but it didn't add substantially to savone's comment.
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