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Subject:   Visiting your virtual sites from another computer
Date:   2004-02-17 21:49:47
From:   rmcgonegal
Response to: Visiting your virtual sites from another computer

Getting Apache working on just my Mac wasn't too hard. But trying to make test domains resolve from other computers does not work so far for me.

I don't know what version you are using but if I try to add


to httpd.conf, then loading Apache errors out with the message

NameVirtualHost takes one argument, A numeric IP address:port, or the name of a host

It will load if I take out the localhost IP so it reads


But then using your recommendation with multiple development sites such as

<VirtualHost test.icalshare.com>

<VirtualHost test.icalshare2.com>

produces the error

[warn] VirtualHost overlaps with VirtualHost, the first has precedence, perhaps you need a NameVirtualHost directive

If I eliminate the IP so it is just name based VirtualHost,

<VirtualHost test.iCalshare.com>

then it works fine on my Mac. But not from PCs on the LAN. It's great to run cgi's and Php, but being able to test all this on a local PC would be a huge help.

Do I need to run a DNS server? Bind is on the Mac but I don't know if it really needs a dedicated machine. And it sounds like overkill (I've only got 2 Macs and 2 PCs).

Does anyone know of a solution? A tutorial on intranets would be great.

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