On Ubuntu, I am trying to get the httpd.conf file for apache2. My server does not show one.

Would apache2.conf be the same as httpd.conf?


Just did some more research on this (beyond my comment):

Ubuntu Docs: HTTPD - Apache2 Web Server

apache2.conf: the main Apache2 configuration file. Contains settings that are global to Apache2.

httpd.conf: historically the main Apache2 configuration file, named after the httpd daemon. The file can be used for user specific configuration options that globally effect Apache2.

So to echo @slhck - I would source the httpd.conf from the apache2.conf.


httpd.conf is empty (or nonexistent) in some distributions. If an apache2.conf is present you should probably not edit this, but include your own httpd.conf from the apache2.conf. This is because apache2.conf may be overwritten by package updates.

Your apache2.conf therefore should include this line. If it doesn't already, you can add it yourself:

Include httpd.conf

/etc/apache2/conf.d is also a good place to put configuration files.


The sites-available method is generally considered the "Debian Way": • "main" config in /etc/apache2/apache2.conf • "user" config in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf • vhosts in /etc/apache2/sites-available files (one per file, typically) • you might want to number them, e.g. 00-domain.com, 01-otherdomain.com • ports (Listen directives) in /etc/apache2/ports.conf • mods in /etc/apache2/mods-available

You can manipulate these with symlinks or with the a2 series of commands: a2ensite/a2dissite a2enmod/a2dismod

Depending on personal preference, you can restart Apache using apachectl, /etc/init.d/apache2 (start|stop|reload|restart), or service apache2 (start|stop|reload|restart)

An example where you would use httpd.conf instead of a vhost entry would be for a global redirect or rewrite rule, for example. Other tidbits -- generally, you should leave apache2.conf alone, and make sure you set up a consistent naming scheme for vhosts in the sites-available directory.

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