FrontPage 2002 extensions on Apache
This document assumes that you have basic knowledge of:
- Apache administration;
- Program compilation and installation.
OK, here's what you have to do:
1. Get the files you need. I assume you save all these files in /root:
- FrontPage extensions v5.0 for Linux from Ready-to-Run Software (fp50.linux.tar.gz), available at http://www.rtr.com/.
- FrontPage patch for Apache 1.3.22 (fp-patch-apache_1.3.22.gz), available at http://www.rtr.com/.
- (optional) patch for SuEXEC (if you want to use Apache SuEXEC with FrontPage), available here.
- Apache 1.3.23 from Apache (apache_1.3.23.tar.gz), available at http://httpd.apache.org/.
2. CWD to /usr/src. Unzip/untar both the Apache and FrontPage files:
cd /usr/src tar zxf /root/apache_1.3.23.tar.gz tar zxf /root/fp50.linux.tar.gz
3. Patch Apache. The patch was made against Apache 1.3.22, but it seems to work fine for 1.3.23.
cd apache_1.3.23 zcat /root/fp-patch-apache_1.3.22.gz | patch -p0
4. (optional) Apply the SuEXEC patch (if you want to use Apache SuEXEC with FrontPage):
patch -p0 < /root/fp-suexec.patch
5. Compile and install Apache. I recommend compiling mod_frontpage as a static module. All other modules may be compiled as DSO.
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/apache --add-module=mod_frontpage.c make make install mkdir /usr/local/apache/webs
6. Setup the FrontPage extension files:
cd /usr/src mv frontpage /usr/local cd /usr/local/frontpage/version5.0 # setup the suid key cd apache-fp dd if=/dev/random of=suidkey bs=8 count=1 # setup file ownership and permissions cd .. ./set_default_perms.sh
7. Setup a simple Apache configuration. The following configuration directives should be present in your httpd.conf file. I assume you know how to configure apache and where to place these directives in httpd.conf:
NameVirtualHost * <Directory /usr/local/apache/webs> AllowOverride All </Directory> <VirtualHost *> ServerName testsite.yourdomain.com DocumentRoot /usr/local/apache/webs/testsite.yourdomain.com </VirtualHost>
8. Install the FrontPage extensions for your test virtual host. I assume user www already exists on your system and he has login group www.
mkdir /usr/local/apache/webs/testsite.yourdomain.com /usr/local/frontpage/version5.0/bin/owsadm.exe -o install -p 80 \ -s /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf -xu www -xg www \ -u yourusername -pw yourpassword -m testsite.yourdomain.com
Well, that's it. You should have a working sample virtual host with FrontPage extensions. This document covers just the basics. If you are a good Apache administrator, it should be enough to set up much more complex configurations, with any number of virtual hosts, different ip's and/or ports, PHP and whatever you can think of :)
Web-based administration didn't work for me. I couldn't authenticate to the interface. Moreover, many users have reported that web-based administration only works with Internet Explorer (on other browsers some CGI's are downloaded instead of being executed). Since I can't run Explorer on my Linux box, I didn't insist on getting web administration to work. Command-line administration works just fine and the documentation from Microsoft seems clear enough to me.
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