Building a Debian-Based Webserver

Published on Dec. 31, 2006, 9:17 p.m.

Well, my server was recently compromised and used to perform a UPD flood Denial of Service attack (or so my provider claimed), so I’ve had to rebuild my server from scratch. Now, this seems like a daunting task, but it has actually been quite easy. I started out with a minimal Debian Linux system, and after a few apt-get install commands, and a few hours of uploading backups, I’m up and running again.

How’d I do it? Well, i just set up my apt-sources:

### debian
# stable
deb stable main contrib non-free
deb stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb stable/updates main contrib non-free
# testing
deb testing main contrib non-free
# unstable
deb unstable main contrib non-free
### dotdeb
deb stable all
deb-src stable all

Then I ran the following apt-get commands:
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get install libperl5.8
apt-get install postgresql
apt-get install libapache2-mod-php4
apt-get install php4-pgsql
apt-get install gd
apt-get install php4-cli

And I’m all set! (yeah... I’ve still got a few PHP4 sites, and I grabbed the PHP GD library and the PHP command-line Interface). Notice that I updated my apt sources before I started installing packages... this is kind of important! I also knew that I needed some perl libraries before installing Postgresql (my preferred database) All in all, things went fairly well. The worst part of (re)building this server was uploading my backups! (AND I CANNOT EXPRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF BACKUPS!)
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