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  • NegBox 6:06 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apache, C API, GeoIP, How-To, MaxMind, php   

    GeoLocation How To: Install MaxMind mod_GeoIP2 on Apache in 15 Hair-Raising Steps 

    Here are the exact 15 steps I take every single time I install this thing.


    • Apache 2.x
    • Cpanel
    • You have shell access as root





    • Step 3 – Upload both to server as root, login via SSH as root, go to where you put these files and gunzip both, then “tar -xvf” both.
    • Step 4 – Go into directory where you just uncompressed the C API to, and execute this (pay attention to leading dot):
     ./configure; make; make install
    • Step 5 – Go into the directory for the Apache module and execute this:
    apxs -i -a -L/usr/local/lib -I/usr/local/include -lGeoIP -c mod_geoip.c
    • Step 6 – Take a look, there is now a line that talks about mod_geoip
     cat /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf |more
    • Step 7 – Update distiller with the changes the intaller just made to the Apache configuration (note there is a double-dash “–” before “update”)
    /usr/local/cpanel/bin/apache_conf_distiller --update
    • Step 8 – Rebuild the config file
    • Step 9 – Make sure the changes stuck around and didn’t get wiped
    cat /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf |more
    • Step 10 – Make a backup of httpd.conf
    cp /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd-RestoreThisOneIdiot.conf.bkp
    • Step 11 – Add this to your httpd.conf – Note that these are my preferences for settings
    <IfModule mod_geoip.c>
      GeoIPEnable On
      GeoIPDBFile /usr/local/share/GeoIP/GeoLiteCity.dat IndexCache
      GeoIPScanProxyHeaders On
    • Step 12 – Rebuild the config file (again)
    /usr/local/cpanel/bin/apache_conf_distiller --update
    • Step 13 – Make sure the changes stuck around and didn’t get wiped (again)
     cat /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf |more
    • Step 14 – Enter the following commands to get the latest City-level database in the right place
    cd /usr/local/share/GeoIP/
     wget http://geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoLiteCity.dat.gz
     gunzip -f -c GeoLiteCity.dat.gz > GeoLiteCity.dat
    • Step 15 – Go into Cpanel and restart Apache
    • Bonus Step – Drink Martini. Make note to invite me one at ASC 2012 or ASW 2013!


    • dean 6:05 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      how do I know if my host is using Apache?

  • NegBox 5:40 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: php   

    Handy PHP Snippet to List Globals With Formatting 

    This little snippet will dump for you a formatted reference of your globals plus your PHP environment. Really useful especially if you have geolocation variables and other junk getting added to your PHP globals by web server modules.

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