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I've just setup a development server. I did 2 apache virtualhost, using 2 different domains from noip.com.

The weird thing is, I had to add both in the etc/hosts file, wich I never had to in the past when I configured other vps :o

I never had to edit that file in the past, I had to edit it so both of my domain point to my vps's ip. Before editing it, I only had 1 of the two pointing to it (the hostname I entered when I oredered my vps).

Is it because I don't run my own DNS server?

Now everything work A1, but If someone could tell me why I have to play with etc/hosts, I would appreciate it.



::1 localhost.localdomain localhost localhost.localdomain localhost brico.no-ip.org  brico brico-redmine.no-ip.org  brico-redmine

apache2ctl -S

root@brico:~# apache2ctl -S
VirtualHost configuration:
wildcard NameVirtualHosts and _default_ servers:
*:80                   is a NameVirtualHost
         default server brico.no-ip.org (/etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default:1)
         port 80 namevhost brico.no-ip.org (/etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default:1)
         port 80 namevhost brico-redmine.no-ip.org (/etc/apache2/sites-enabled/redmine:1)
Syntax OK

brico-redmine.no-ip.org virtualhost file

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /opt/redmine/public
    ServerName brico-redmine.no-ip.org
    PassengerPoolIdleTime 0
        <Directory "/opt/redmine/public">
                PassengerEnabled on
                Options -MultiViews
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What exactly did you put in your hosts file? And is the apache server hosted at some datacenter, or on your private LAN? –  Martijn Heemels Sep 12 '10 at 15:49
some datacenter, but they dont offer DNS server, I would have to install one myself. But Instead, I just used a free dns service (noip) –  allaire Sep 12 '10 at 15:57
Please edit your question and paste it there, instead of a remote service such as pastie.org. That way people don't have to leave the page, and your question will not depend on another service's function. –  Martijn Heemels Sep 12 '10 at 15:58

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Your browser has to figure out which IP address a hostname points to. It can do this via the hosts file, via a private DNS server, or via a public DNS server.

Since you already registered two noip.com hostnames you shouldn't need those lines in your hosts file. You effectively have a public dns server, although a simple one.

Just make sure your Apache virtualhosts are configured to respond to the right ServerName. One should respond to brico.no-ip.org and the other to brico-redmine.no-ip.org. Remove both those lines from your hosts file, otherwise it will take precedence.

If you also want to be able to just use the words brico and brico-redmine in your browser, you'll need to add no-ip.org to the search-domain in your dns-client settings. Let us know which client OS you use, if you want specific advice.

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hey, thanks for your help so far. it's weird because I have both ServerName different in both virtualhost, and it wasn't working :o I'm on ubuntu 10.04 –  allaire Sep 12 '10 at 16:06
If you could show your virtualhost config we could probably find the cause. Run 'apache2ctl -S' from the command-line. –  Martijn Heemels Sep 12 '10 at 16:12
OK just added to the bottom of my post –  allaire Sep 12 '10 at 16:34
I've also added the content of my brico-redmine.no-ip.org virtualhost file! –  allaire Sep 12 '10 at 16:37
Got it working, I just rebooted the VPS, removed all the lines my /etc/hosts, and voilà! thanks a lot for your help –  allaire Sep 12 '10 at 16:47

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