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Sent: 8/31/2011 7:48:53 PM
Subject: Re: missing modules
> This is probably an Apache issue but with so much expertise on this
> list I thought I'd try here first.
The debian-user list is available for all questions about using
Debian. This question seems perfectly on topic here. :-)
> The problem is on my system these modules do not exist (either in
> mods-available or mods-enabled).
They should exist. Look for these files:
Those files are part of the apache2.2-common package which is a
dependency pulled in by the apache2 package.
$ sudo apt-get install apache2
If you wish to verify your installation you might look at the files
listed in the apache2.2-common package:
$ dpkg --listfiles apache2.2-common | grep userdir
You might also try looking at the md5sums associated with the package.
$ sudo apt-get install debsums
$ debsums --config apache2.2-common | grep userdir
> Googling has found some Apache2 configurations with the modules
> available and enabled and others with the modules available but not
> enabled but none with my configuration.
You mentioned mods-available and mods-enabled but those files should
be there. But just in case let me walk through the steps for others
that might be reading along with us.
$ sudo a2enmod userdir
$ sudo service apache2 restart
Your apache configuration file is by default in the
/etc/apache2/sites-available/default file but possibly in another file
that you configured for it. I like to explicitly configure the
directory. Because I use a different default and because other
modules such as the php5 module also modify it.
# Default is simply public_html in $HOME/public_html
> Any suggestions (I would hate to reinstall Apache2 but if I must I must)?
Even re-installing apache isn't difficult. It is the apache2.2-common
module you would want. Make sure you have a backup of your
/etc/apache2/sites-available/default-ssl files which should be the
only ones from the package that you would configure.
apt-get install --reinstall apache2.2-common
Here is the latest-very frustrating. I can view the contents of apache2.2-common for my O/S (squeeze) in the repository and verify that userdir is present. However when I remove and reinstall apache2-common the module does not exist (either in mods-available or mods-enabled). Although it should not produce a different result I also purged and reinstalled Apache2-same result.