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I have installed Webmin with the view to try an understand what is all running.

Yesterday I had it setup with login and password, but today when I try to get access to the server with: https://ubuntu:10000/ in order to login, I get unable to connect, the page does not load. Seems like there is no connection.

  • I tried http://localhost:10000 and https://localhost:10000 They both returned the same unable to connect response.

I am not sure of what it means to turn https on. ... the https and http is not showing.

Am I going about this the wrong way?

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If you did not setup webmin with https you need to to connect using http://localhost:10000 instead of https://localhost:10000.

If webmin is not starting by default on your computer you need to create a script in your /etc/init.d with this content, call the script webmin

#!/bin/sh
# chkconfig: 235 99 10
# description: Start or stop the Webmin server
#
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides: webmin
# Required-Start: $network $syslog
# Required-Stop: $network
# Default-Start: 2 3 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Description: Start or stop the Webmin server
### END INIT INFO

start=/etc/webmin/start
stop=/etc/webmin/stop
lockfile=/var/lock/subsys/webmin
confFile=/etc/webmin/miniserv.conf
pidFile=/var/webmin/miniserv.pid
name='Webmin'

case "$1" in
'start')
    $start >/dev/null 2>&1 </dev/null
    RETVAL=$?
    if [ "$RETVAL" = "0" ]; then
        touch $lockfile >/dev/null 2>&1
    fi
    ;;
'stop')
    $stop
    RETVAL=$?
    if [ "$RETVAL" = "0" ]; then
        rm -f $lockfile
    fi
    pidfile=`grep "^pidfile=" $confFile | sed -e 's/pidfile=//g'`
    if [ "$pidfile" = "" ]; then
        pidfile=$pidFile
    fi
    rm -f $pidfile
    ;;
'status')
    pidfile=`grep "^pidfile=" $confFile | sed -e 's/pidfile=//g'`
    if [ "$pidfile" = "" ]; then
        pidfile=$pidFile
    fi
    if [ -s $pidfile ]; then
        pid=`cat $pidfile`
        kill -0 $pid >/dev/null 2>&1
        if [ "$?" = "0" ]; then
            echo "$name (pid $pid) is running"
            RETVAL=0
        else
            echo "$name is stopped"
            RETVAL=1
        fi
    else
        echo "$name is stopped"
        RETVAL=1
    fi
    ;;
'restart')
    $stop ; $start
    RETVAL=$?
    ;;
*)
    echo "Usage: $0 { start | stop | restart }"
    RETVAL=1
    ;;
esac
exit $RETVAL

make this executable with sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/webmin and add it to the startup procedure with update-rc.d webmin defaults. After this webmin will start with your computer.

To avoid all these small things you can also download webmin as a debian package that you can install in your system.

Fist you need to remove the current webmin tar install

/etc/webmin/uninstall.sh

Then install all webmin dependencies

sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl apt-show-versions python

Download the latest deb file from here or use this command to download the current latest version (up to this date)

wget http://dfn.dl.sourceforge.net/project/webadmin/webmin/1.570/webmin_1.570_all.deb

After downloading the file you can install it with

sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.570_all.deb

webmin will install, configure all necessary scripts and be ready for you in https://localhost:10000 all the time so you can login with your username / password.

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I just tried it and it returned the same result, namely: Unable to connect. ... thanks. –  railguage48 Nov 12 '11 at 21:21
    
I tried 'localhost:10000'; and 'locahost:10000'; and they both returned the same unable to connect response. I am not sure of what it means to turn https on. ... the https and http is not showing. ... thanks. –  railguage48 Nov 12 '11 at 21:26
    
I downloaded the tar from www.webmin.com and followed the installation instructions ... it all worked yesterday:) .... thanks –  railguage48 Nov 12 '11 at 21:37
    
I just found a way ... not sure if it is the correct way, but here goes ... sudo /etc/webmin/start .... then one logs onto the server with localhost:10000, and walla I'm in webmin.... thanks .... edit .... the https is not showing but that should precede the //localhost:10000 –  railguage48 Nov 13 '11 at 0:50
    
updated answer to reflect your comments. tested on a running system so hope there are not typos around ;) have fun and gl. –  Bruno Pereira Nov 13 '11 at 10:07
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mine did this same exact thing after a reboot and i was able to access it by using the domain name of my modem/router (ex. https://myservername.routername.com:10000)

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  user61928 Oct 3 '12 at 14:41
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@maythux "and i was able to access it using the domain name of my modem/router" So you see, this is an answer, and not a "me too" post. It just looks like a "me too" post for the first few words. –  Eliah Kagan Oct 3 '12 at 20:05
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Try changing the port and listen in \etc\webmin\miniserv.conf

example:

port=1000
listen=1000

Then restart webmin:

/etc/init.d/webmin restart

Now use:

https://iporhost:1000/
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