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The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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Q: How to map URLs to folders outside /var/www/?

  1. Read General Notes
  2. Read How to install Apache HTTP Server for HTTP (Web) Server service?
  3. sudo gedit /etc/apache2/conf.d/alias
  4. Insert the following lines into the new file
    Alias /URL-path /location_of_folder/
    <Directory /location_of_folder/>
       Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
       AllowOverride All
       Order allow,deny
       Allow from all
  5. Save the edited file (sample)
  6. sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
  7. https://localhost/URL-path
The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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