Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I run a web server just on my local network on a Windows XP machine using IIS. The main app I created keeps track of all my bookmarks so that no matter which computer I'm using in my home, I have super easy access to all my bookmarks via a well organized web site managed through a database.

I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 on a separate machine that I'm rebuilding. Currently, I'm able to access files on the web server from ubuntu for file sharing purposes but Firefox redirects me to a random site when I try to access the website like I normally do in Windows. The url is similar to:


share|improve this question

Try adding an entry for mywebserver in your /etc/hosts file.

e.g. if your Windows Server has IP a.b.c.d try appending the following line in your /etc/hosts file

sudoedit /etc/hosts

Then enter the following, replacing a.b.c.d with the IP address and mywebserver with what you would like to use in the URL field.

a.b.c.d     mywebserver
share|improve this answer
yep, that worked. Thank you very much. – Bill Nov 13 '11 at 7:31

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.