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Sat 23 Jul 2005
A Standalone Web Server Configurator?
Category : Technology
I'm still not sure I can guarantee near faultless SSH Remote Login set-ups because there seems to be a wide variance in the state of people's machines. For example, WebMon will break if somebody has used SSH Helper to set up SSH before. Now, with WebMon as it currently is, if you can't get past the SSH Connection part, then you can't get at all the other goodies, like WebDAV and SSL.
Like Postfix Enabler before it, WebMon works best with a plain un-customised OS X machine. If you take a freshly installed Mac Mini, say, then Postfix Enabler, DNS Enabler and WebMon will all work fine, out of the box.
The SSH part makes WebMon a little bit more brittle than the other two, which currently only work on the local machine. So I'm mulling over doing a standalone Web Server configurator. (But it's on to DNS Enabler, next.)
However, if WebMon's SSH set-ups really turn out to work OK, as I get feedback from the people using it, then this configuration could prove to be potentially very powerful. For example, one could use WebMon running on a PowerBook to configure (and monitor) any number of different servers. And WebMon will keep all their configurations straight.
So I haven't given up on this, yet.