Won't let me log in even after I've edited miniserv.conf

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#1 Sat, 06/09/2007 - 19:26

Won't let me log in even after I've edited miniserv.conf

It appeared to install correctly (after a bit of fiddling, anyway) but instead of being able to log in and get to work I get

Error - Access denied for #.#.#.#

(where #.#.#.# is my IP addy)

I took a look at miniserv.conf, naturally, and changed the line


to every conceivable entry that might let me in (#.#.#.#, ..., *, combinations of the above, and blank) and tried restart, force-reload, and just plain stop/start.

I tried multiple browsers and multiple systems on my KVM.

And all I get is

Error - Access denied for #.#.#.#

Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

I need webmin/virtualmin up and running ASAP. I've got till the 11th to configure the server or our little nonprofit will need to fork out some $$$$ we don't have to keep another server up.

Sat, 06/09/2007 - 19:27

sorry about those "message key missings" : they are supposed to be hash marks

Sat, 06/09/2007 - 19:41
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Hey Laura,

Looks like a broken Webmin package was hanging around (is this on Debian? It has a notoriously bad default Webmin package...so much so, that a lot of Debian users think Webmin sucks because of it. But I think the Mandriva version also has an oddly restrictive allow rule in place). The webmin package we distribute does not restrict in this way by default.

Anyway, just remove that "allow=" line entirely, and restart Webmin. Then, if you need to do any sort of IP-based restrictions, you can add them from within Webmin and won't have to worry about what the syntax is. ;-)

Holler if you have any other troubles. All things are easy to fix if you know what to fiddle with.


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Sat, 06/09/2007 - 20:18

Thanks :) I'm in and back to the business of moving a webserver.

Yes, it's debian, and there was a lot of preexisting junk in the system (I need ppp?? samba???), including a crippled version of Plesk. Though, I have a feeling from looking at it that a full install of Plesk would still look crippled to me. 90% of the time I use webmin as a convenient way to edit config files from my browser. Plesk has a wayyyyy too "user-friendly"look to it, as in, if anything goes unpredictably wrong, or if one needs to configure something in a slightly unorthodox way to accommodate something else, it becomes the software equivalent of a very pretty paperweight.

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