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My Apache virtual host configuration only works for www.domain.com but not domain.com. Can you tell me why?

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/stable/

    <Directory />
        Options FollowSymLinks Indexes +ExecCGI
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        Allow from all
        AddHandler fcgid-script .php
        FCGIWrapper /var/www/php-fcgi-scripts/stable/php-fcgi-starter .php

    ServerName www.domain.com
    ServerAlias domain.com www.domain.com
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Maybe somewhere else in your Apache configuration there is another or ServerName/ServerAlias for 'domain.com'?

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I did a grep on "domain.com" but found nothing wierd in either /etc/ or /var/. –  Christoffer Mar 1 '10 at 15:24
Ok, it wasn't really any other option but a standard site was defined which was overriding my options. Once I removed it all is well. –  Christoffer Mar 1 '10 at 15:28

It should probably be:

ServerName domain.com
ServerAlias www.domain.com

Make sure to restart apache as well...

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Have you got host entries setup for www.domain.com but not domain.com ? As it sounds like its not resolving as your apache configuration looks good. Can you ping each address and ensure its going to the correct location?

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When I visit domain.com I get to the standard Apache index file in /var/www/index.html... But www.domain.com points to /var/www/stable/index.php –  Christoffer Mar 1 '10 at 15:07

replace ServerAlias domain.com www.domain.com with ServerAlias domain.com. do www.domain.com and domain.com have the same ip address/ips that are configured for this host?

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Hmmm, are you sure your DNS answers the same for domain.com and www.domain.com? To make sure it is the case, a simple check might help:

nslookup domain.com
nslookup www.domain.com

I've been sometimes struggling for nothing since the two A records would not return the same thing. If or once they are pointing on the same IP then Apache conf can be tuned but this is what I use and it works:

ServerName domain.com
ServerAlias www.domain.com

Don't forget to reload Apache (no need to restart it completely and disconnect clients):

/etc/init.d/apache2 reload

(or similar)

Good luck!

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They return exactly the same on nslookup. –  Christoffer Mar 1 '10 at 15:04

Have you specified NameVirtualHost *:80?

See: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/vhosts/name-based.html#using

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