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I am following this tutorial to a T and still cannot get the setup page to load...

This is the tutorial I am working from: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/articles/how-to-install-vanilla-forums-on-ubuntu-12-10

I am pretty good with computers in general but new to setting up a VPS. However, I'm literally copy/pasting the commands into my SSH client and everything seems to install or otherwise without a hitch (adjusting for my pw and IP and updating the instructions for the D1K79FAYBUWW.zip).

UNTIL I try the last step of setting up Vanilla. When I navigate to my IP address it just presents me with the default Apache web server "It Works!" page. How do I ever get to setup Vanilla?

I have tried it with 12.04, 12.10, 13.04, 13.10 and I still cannot for the life of me figure out what is going wrong. Is this tutorial out of date or incorrect?

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  • so from your message you installed apche wbe server and mysql.
    apache web server works.

    now download http://vanillaforums.org/get/vanilla-core-2.0.18.9

    unzip the files and put them in a folder where you want your forum to reside.

    e.g. it will unzip into vanilla folder

    see instructions in vanilla documentation. there is not much to it.

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

  • I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

  • If you look at that tutorial you will see that it includes those steps, I am positive that vanilla is installed I just have no idea why the setup page isn't loading when I enter my address. It's acting like there's no content that's been added.

    I just cleaned my cache and browsing files to see if that was the problem but it doesn't appear that was the culprit.

  • I looked at the tutorial. I have no idea what you downloaded because you were ambiguous.

    And the vanilla documentation tell you how to install vanilla.

    i have installed it on ubuntu using the exact steps outlined.

    post a snapshot of your folder.

    what version of vanilla are you using.

    what version of php are you using

    what are the owner and permissions of the vanilla folder.

    where did you install vanilla, what folder name?

    I don't want to play a scavenger hunt, but someone else might.

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

  • MWilMWil New
    edited December 2013

    the command to download vanilla:

    $ cd /var/www

    $ wget https://us.v-cdn.net/5018160/uploads/addons/D1K79FAYBUWW.zip

    the version of php5 when you use:

    $ apt-get -y install php5`

    there is no vanilla folder, maybe that's the problem - it looks like it installed it all directly in the /www folder, not a subdirectory

    after I downloaded the zip (above), I then ran what it said to:

    $ unzip D1K79FAYBUWW.zip

    $ rm -rf D1K79FAYBUWW.zip index.html

    $ chmod -R 777 /var/www/conf

    $ chmod -R 777 /var/www/uploads

    $ chmod -R 777 /var/www/cache

    it is then after THAT that I expect I should be able to go to my ip address (192.241.153.223) but it's still just the default apache setup.

  • peregrineperegrine MVP
    edited December 2013

    ok, repeat after me.

    remove the zip file and all the files it installed.

    now download http://vanillaforums.org/get/vanilla-core-2.0.18.9

    unzip the files, it will unzip the files into a folder called vanilla.

    place that folder at your forum root.

    rename the folder to forum if you want

    go to /var/www/forum (or vanilla depending on the folder you installed it in)

    chmod the conf uploads and cache in the respective directories.

    then type http://Putyour domainhere/forum or
    http://Putyour domainhere/vanilla

    depending where you installed it.

    see instructions in vanilla documentation. there is not much to it.

    if you want to follow the digital ocean instruction do it. but why would you follow third party instructions, when vanilla wrote the software, you should follow their documentation.

    I'm just telling you how to install it correctly.

    I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.

    MWil
  • I figured it out. The last command didn't take for some reason, the -rm -rf one. All I did was keyup and enter it again and it worked. I don't know why it didn't take it the first time but I didn't change any of the input after keying it up in putty.

    I really do appreciate you trying to help me.

    peregrine
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