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Okay, this is like my fifth time trying to get LAMP set up on Ubuntu, and yes, that includes using XAMPP. (All I want to do is practice my PHP so I can write WordPress plugins! sob Why does the world's easiest language have to be so hard to set up?)

cough Anyway. I used these instructions this time, after uninstalling XAMPP and what were hopefully all traces of my last attempt at doing this. I'm not using Netbeans -- gedit is okay with me -- and I didn't get any error messages or anything, so I thought I'd actually gotten it set up and set to use /home/feathertail/PHP as the document root.

I put a test file in there, browsed to /localhost and got this:

Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /testphp.php on this server.

Apache/2.2.17 (Ubuntu) Server at localhost Port 80

Can anyone point me in the direction of finally solving this once and for all?

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as a test if you set the permissions on that directory to 777, does this solve your problem? –  Dirk Hartzer Waldeck Jul 21 '11 at 6:52
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To solve this port problem in Linux, go inside the /etc/apache2 folder and there is file ports.conf. Open this in a text editor and you see something like:

NameVirtualHost *:80
Listen 80

so we have to change listen column and make it

NameVirtualHost *:80
Listen 8888

to do this, open a terminal and use these command

cd /etc/apache2 
etc/apache2:#sudo nano ports.conf

Hit Enter, open it in terminal editor in which you just select listen column and change 80 to 8888 like this

NameVirtualHost *:80
Listen 8888

and save it by Ctrl+X and then press Y and then press Enter
now run your apache it will start successfully, it really works.

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I don't know how did you install files but try to install these files for LAMP

sudo apt-get install apache2
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
sudo apt-get install php5
sudo apt-get install php5-mysql

Basically nothing need to change (default root: /var/www). but if you want to change root directory then first create your directory.

sudo gedit /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

change Document Root in 4th line. default is /var/www just change to your desire directory. File will be looked like this

DocumentRoot your_DIR

Now logout and login. Your system is ready [apache, mysql-server, php, php-mysql]. You can install additional application phpmyadmin

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin

start phpmyadmin: go to firefox : localhost/phpmyadmin.

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To add php in netbeans go to plugin in netbeans and search for php and install. –  shantanu Jul 20 '11 at 18:34
    
The step that I'm having trouble with is changing the document root. Apache works just fine on the default, and so does phpmyadmin. But when I change the document root to /home/feathertail/PHP, I get 403 Forbidden errors when I try to access it. –  Tachyon Feathertail Jul 21 '11 at 2:43
    
sudo chmod 777 /home/feathertail/PHP :place file on this dir and link will be localhost/page.php –  shantanu Jul 21 '11 at 16:00
    
will you please upload this file /etc/apache2/sites-available/default –  shantanu Jul 21 '11 at 16:02
    
Please don't chmod 777 anything without thinking it through. chmod a+x /home/feathertail ; chmod a+rx /home/feathertail/PHP should be enough to get rid of the 403. –  SpamapS Oct 26 '11 at 5:26
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