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From: Mark Sutton (mark_at_mailforme.co.uk)
Date: Thu 12 Dec 2002 - 10:23:35 GMT

Hi Rod,

I couldn't find any reference to ths minimal install on the web, but maybe
I'm just being thick ;P If you could give me a link then I will be happy to
try it out and report on my experiences.

I did this as an exercise since several of my customers have shown interest
in me setting up VServers for them. I am currently expanding on that how-to
in order to create a 'pick and mix' system for creating VServers for web
hosting. The base install for the VServer therefore contains the very basic
stuff needed to get a VServer up and running without having to use
'rpm --force --nodeps' ;) to build it, plus a few other bits and pieces
that satisfy dependencies for other useful applications. I have already
achieved this, but plan to optimise it over time.

Next I took then main application requirements for a web hosting system (ie
Sendmail/Procmail, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Postrgres and compiler subsystem etc
and figured out which RPM's were required to get these up and running and
what post install stuff needed to be done... I also worked out what the
dependencies were for up2date to work properly, and currently have it
running happily within the VServer environment.

Next I am planning to improve on the up2date implementation so that it runs
once on a reference VServer, and from which multiple VServers can be updated
without having to have a RHN entitlement for each VServer. Finally I would
like to tie it all together with some scripts to automate the build system
for any RedHat version...

I will keep expanding on my HOW-TOs, and plan to get all of this up on my
site as time goes on...

On the other side I am investigating various control panels (both commercial
and free) with a view to having a fairly functional (RedHat-centric) web
hosting system together in the next month or so. My programming skills are
fairly non-existant but I am capable of knocking together the odd bash
script here and there to automate stuff ;)

I know not everyone uses VServer for web hosting purposes, but would be
interested to hear what other peoples experiences have been in getting
various control panels to work. So far I have managed to get Plesk and
CPanel pretty much working, and plan to have a closer look at Linuxconf,
even though it doesn't seem to be designed for web hosting (no reseller/end
user modules as far as I can tell...).

Is anyone else working on control panel functionality?



----- Original Message -----
From: "Roderick A. Anderson" <raanders_at_acm.org>
To: <vserver_at_solucorp.qc.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 9:54 PM
Subject: Re: [vserver] RedHat HOW-TOs

> Very interesting. How does this minimal install compare to the
> Linuxconf/newvserver minimal RDHL 7.3 install?
> Rod
> --
> "Open Source Software - Sometimes you get more than you paid for..."

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