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I'm trying to run a cakephp application on a godaddy linux account. The problem is that i get the error 500. I've read on cakephp discussion group that i have to edit the .htaccess file.

1) How much do i have to wait until i see the result?
2) More information about this error may be available in the server error log. Where are those servers log on a godaddy linux hosted account?

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@Richard Holloway is correct about the .htaccess files. Changes take effect immedietly.

As for the error logs, GoDaddy has a specific way of accessing them:

To View Error Logs

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. In the My Products section, select Hosting.
  3. Next to the hosting account you want to modify, click Manage Account.
  4. In the Settings section of the Hosting Control Center, click the Error Logs icon.
  5. Click View Logs.
  6. Log in using your hosting account username and password.
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Thanks Josh. I thought they would provide a user interface for this but I have never used GoDaddy myself. This is useful information. – Richard Holloway Mar 23 '10 at 21:06

1) Changes to .htaccess files will take effect immediately.

If you are being advised to edit the .htaccess files this suggests that your .htaccess files may contain php_values or php_flags that will need to be removed.

For example your .htaccess file may contain

php_value upload_max_filesize 10M

This example could then be added to a php.ini file like this

upload_max_filesize = 10M

2) The error details will be added to the log file. As you have a Linux account the logs will likely be /var/log/httpd/error.log or /var/log/apache2/error.log depending on which distribution you are running.

Alternatively you may have access to cPanel or another control panel in which case there will possibly a way to view the logs there.

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