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I have the following folder structure on my Apache



I have defined a virtual host for each.

So if I type in in my browser I get to the site. And the same for

But now my question! If I type in the server address or the server host name I get to the ../var/www directory but I want that the user will be redirected to the site!

Do I have to create a new virtual host for this problem or is it also possible only to add a .htaccess Rule?!


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You don't mention how you configured your virtual hosts, but I guess that you've done it following the "traditional" Debian-way - by creating files in /etc/apache/sites-available/ and then using a2ensite to enable the virtual host.

If so, you may edit your /etc/apache/sites-available/default file and put the virtual host you want to be the default one in it. For example:

<VirtualHost _default_:80>
  DocumentRoot /var/www/

More information about the _default_ keyword.

EDIT : If you're using name-based virtual hosts, just make sure that the configuration for the vhost is loaded first - this way it will be the default catch-all address.

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_default_ doesn't do anything when using name-based virtual hosts, just IP-based. @Matthias, which method are you using? – Shane Madden Jun 30 '12 at 19:37
Yes, indeed. That was a bad assumption from me. Edited my answer above. – Vladimir Blaskov Jun 30 '12 at 20:30

You have to user a ServerName and a ServerAlias in your vhost configuration file

<VirtualHost *:80>


Otherwise, if you want to have a default website for the unspecified vhost, you have to create an vhost for that. You can check that with the command:

apache2ctl -S
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Javier, I'm pretty sure he's asking about a default catch-all address, so I think the _defaut_ keyword would be more appropriate in this case. – Vladimir Blaskov Jun 30 '12 at 8:39

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