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I've tried to use NamedVirtualHosts to setup a single server to handle two websites. This is the first time I've attempted this, and I'm getting very unusual behavior. Specifically, requests to point o /home/stefan/example2, but points to /home/stefan/example1.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on here?



NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *:80>
   DocumentRoot /home/stefan/example1

<VirtualHost *:80>
   DocumentRoot /home/stefan/example2
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I am guessing that what you really meant to say was that goes to the right place, but goes to the site.

You need to use the "ServerAlias" directive and and insert the domain without the "www" in there.

Something like following in the appropriate section:



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Exactly what I needed. Thanks! – Stefan Kendall Jul 6 '09 at 3:17
The explanation as to why you're seeing this problem is that and are considered different hosts by apache. You don't have a virtual host configuration for, so apache uses the default vhost, which is the first one configured, which in your case happens to be – David Pashley Jul 6 '09 at 7:37

From the Apache2 docs -

Due to the fact that is first in the configuration file, it has the highest priority and can be seen as the default or primary server. That means that if a request is received that does not match one of the specified ServerName directives, it will be served by this first VirtualHost.

So, since you don't have a vhost defined for, Apache will use the default vhost. In your case, this is

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What's the problem, sounds like it's working perfectly.

You have a vhost for going to the right place. Any hostnames that you don't have a vhost for (like will go to the first vhost.

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