[plug] wierd virtual domain problem -- solved, sort of

Peter Caffin pc at it.net.au
Fri Oct 30 03:33:02 WST 1998

Greg Mildenhall wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Nov 1998, Peter Caffin wrote:
> > Peter Caffin wrote:
> > Well, I've just stumbled upon the answer to my problem, in the current
> > docs that I'd overlooked.
> Perhaps you'd care to read it more carefully?
> > In v1.3.0, virtual hosts must be on a separate IP address to the 
> >"main server".
> No, they don't have to be.

I'm afraid it's so, at least according to
file:/usr/doc/apache/manual/vhosts/name-based.html :

]The notable difference between IP-based and name-based virtual host
]configuration is the NameVirtualHost directive which specifies an IP
]address that should be used as a target for name-based virtual hosts.

]Of course, any additional directives can (and should) be placed into 
]the <VirtualHost> section. To make this work, all that is needed is to
]make sure that the name www.domain.tld points to the IP address

Essentially, 'NameVirtualHost' appears as a declaration
outside the <VirtualHost></VirtualHost> declarations.

The important bit is the next paragraph:

]Note: When you specify an IP address in a NameVirtualHost directive
]then requests to that IP address will only ever be served by matching
]<VirtualHost>s. The "main server" will never be served from the
]specified IP address.

Therefore, the "main server" must be of a different IP address to the IP
address used to serve all of the virtual domains.

PS: I did follow those instructions you quoted initially. It was in
re-reading them when they weren't working that I found the above. 

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