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Apache (web server)


We run a central Apache 2.4 for all personal and group websites.

As our server handles hundreds of websites, we don’t allow users to change server-level configuration, including Apache configuration in /etc/apache2, as various online tutorials may lead you to.

Unlike most hosting providers, websites are run using your own (or a group’s) user account on the server. This means your site has the permissions needed to write its own files, for example with content editors or automatic updates.

Directory root

Websites are served out of public_html directories, present in your public file space (/public/home/<crsid>/public_html or /public/societies/<groupname>/public_html).

To use Apache directives, you should use a .htaccess file, which provides a subset of functionality at a per-site level.


Web server logs (including PHP errors) can be found in /var/log/apache2/user/<crsid> for personal users, and /var/log/apache2/soc/<groupname> for group accounts. You can access them over SSH or with a file transfer program.

Last modified on Thursday May 6, 2021 by Matias Silva